The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993 lay down particular requirements for most aspects of the working environment. Regulation 7 of these deals specifically with the temperature of indoor workplaces and states that:
"During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable."
However, the application of the regulation depends on the nature of the workplace, i.e. a bakery, a cold store, an office, a warehouse.
In general terms it states that minimum temperatures should be:
Where no physical effort is required – 16C/60.8F
Where physical effort is required – 13C/55.4F
For further information check the Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland's website on www.hseni.gov.uk
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