Health & Safety

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), in conjunction with the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group (TUCG), has recently launched the “Cool It!” campaign, aimed at pressurising the government into legislating for a maximum working temperature.

cool it campaign launchThe BFAWU General Secretary, Ronnie Draper, has now launched an Early Day Motion, calling on the Government “to provide clear, coherent and enforceable requirements for employers about how to combat heat in the workplace.”

It calls for the introduction of a maximum working temperature of around 30 degrees Celsius and 27 degrees Celsius for those doing strenuous work. So far the EDM has 32 signatures.

Ronnie Draper said:

“It is high time that Government, whatever colour, recognises the misery that is heaped upon UK workers by working in extremely hot temperatures. We have to get across the message that we are not seeking legislation that stops the job, but desperately need a consistent approach to control measures being triggered.”

Download campaign leaflet (pdf)

Download workplace temperature survey (pdf)

Campaign statement

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The Campaign has been launched to highlight and tackle the problem of high temperatures in workplaces. We feel that workers should not be forced to endure high temperatures without adequate measures being taken by the employer to control the effect of heat.

The Campaign therefore calls for the government to provide clear, coherent and enforceable requirements for employers about how to combat heat in the workplace - including the introduction of a maximum working temperature of around 30oC and 27oC for those doing strenuous work. Once the temperature reaches the maximum limit, then control measures must be implemented to reduce the heat and/or the effect of the heat on their employees. We call for the increased surveillance and enforcement by the Health and Safety Executive in this area. We need clear legislation which is easy to enforce and in which employers understand their obligations and employees understand their rights.

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