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Kitchen staff bake and TUC calls for new law on high temperature…

14 August 2003 by
Kitchen staff bake and TUC calls for new law on high temperature…

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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