Call for maximum workplace temperatures

15 January 2009

As part of ASLEF’s Squash campaign to improve cab conditions, we have argued for legislation defining maximum temperatures suitable for the workplace. There is obvious logic to this, as legislation exists about minimum temperatures at work.


The law currently provides for a minimum reasonable temperature of 16 degrees Celsius (61 degrees Fahrenheit) or 13 Celsius where the work is physically strenuous. This is contained in the Approved Code of Practice to the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations.


The absence of a standard for maximum temperatures would obviously be beneficial. In the case of train drivers, we have a further hurdle to jump because the Regulations do not include the driving cab as a workplace.


A few months ago a poll on the ASLEF website asked, ‘There is a legal minimum temperature in the workplace of 16 degrees. There is no legal maximum temperature. Should there be?’ 95% of respondents were in favour.


ASLEF supports any change in the law which would strengthen our arguments and move us in the right direction. That is why we are asking members to support a Petition calling on the government to introduce laws on maximum temperatures at work that has been placed online by an USDAW member.


The petition is to be found at

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