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Managing Thermal Comfort

Updated: Dec 20, 2021

Managing Thermal Comfort
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Winter is on its way and a common issue (and often a daily debate) is what the workplace temperature should be set at. This result in this debate is normally someone googling “what should a office temperature be set at?” or someone declares “it’s a health and safety issue if its not set at XX degrees"

We are here to explain how to settle the argument once and for all, and guess

what not everyone will be happy with the answer...

There is no set temperature stated as a minimum or maximum within the Health

and Safety at Work Act 2015.

So stop blaming health and safety!

However, you can assess the workplace to help find the perfect temperature of a


It is difficult to give a maximum or minimum temperature for working based on

air temperature alone. Air temperature only tells part of the story when it comes

to the effects of exposure to high and low temperatures on people.

People are affected by temperature depend on a number of factors such as:

• Humidity

• Exposure to the sun or other radiant heat sources

• Amount of air movement

• Work demands - are you physical in your work or are you still?

• What clothing or PPE is worn?

• Personal health factors and tolerances

Thermal Comfort, Thermal Discomfort and Thermal Stress