Chefs and kitchen workers are backing a call from the TUC to implement a legal maximum for temperatures in the workplace.
As the UK remains bathed in the hottest weather on record, with some kitchens recording temperatures as high as 55°C, hospitality workers are being forced to endure extreme heat without any legal protection or rights.
The TUC is now calling for a legal maximum for workplace temperatures to prevent employees suffering from heat-related symptoms, including fatigue, strain on the heart and lungs, dizziness and fainting. Although there is a legal minimum temperature below which workers are no longer obliged to work - 13°C for strenuous work, 16°C generally - there is no equivalent if it gets too hot. The TUC wants a maximum working temperature of 30°C, or 27°C for those doing strenuous work.
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