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Started by DogBreath on May 3, 2020 3:07:42 PM
Temperature at work - 32 centigrade

Open office, about 40 people. No air flow and no functioning windows.

Is this even legal?

widenation - 03 May 2020 15:09:51 (#1 of 48)

Take a washing-up bowl into work, fill it up with cold water and sit with your feet in it.

champagnerocker - 03 May 2020 15:11:40 (#2 of 48)

There are legal minimum temperatures for working in the UK, but only guidelines about maximums.

This is something that crops up every summer and there has slowly been a little momentum growing to push for legislation but I wouldn't hold my breath.

browserbutton - 03 May 2020 15:12:26 (#3 of 48)

No air flow and no functioning windows.

Moves desk away from DogBreath.

JohnIlly - 03 May 2020 15:12:37 (#4 of 48)

Oddly enough, there isn't legal maximum for working temperature. There is a minimum. I think it used to be about 60F.

JohnIlly - 03 May 2020 15:13:00 (#5 of 48)

As champagne said.

tasselhoff - 03 May 2020 15:13:02 (#6 of 48)

- 32 centigrade sounds awful. I'd recommend multiple layers.

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widenation - 03 May 2020 15:13:56 (#8 of 48)

If you do/can install aircon, some c*nt will insist on it being set to ice-cold blast throughout the winter - otherwise they break out in a sweat.

DogBreath - 03 May 2020 15:40:06 (#9 of 48)

I there a legal limit for animals? I seem to remember there is.

JohnIlly - 03 May 2020 15:41:35 (#10 of 48)

Probably. For example, it wouldn't be legal to transport animals in the same conditions as commuters.

Winner - 03 May 2020 15:42:01 (#11 of 48)

Did your boss make it hot on purpose so you'd all take your clothes off? I assume this is the same one who liked to watch you shower at the girl guide camp?

HorstVogel - 03 May 2020 15:47:48 (#12 of 48)

how are windows not functioning? Is some cunt complaining about fresh air (cold)? That's the main problem in my office, some like a stinking sweaty atmosphere for some reason. There is an issue with some pongy sewer kind of smell from unknown source which can't be relocated (shitty modern industry build) - yet ... "it's cold close the window".

The new aircon doesn't help but at least helps in the summer keep things below 30°C, thin flat roof syndrome. I prefer old industrial buildings with lots of brick work.

no one worth seeing stripped or tightly clad.

tasselhoff - 03 May 2020 15:49:01 (#13 of 48)

What about Covid-19, or are you posting from the ISS?

thisonehasalittlehat - 03 May 2020 15:50:12 (#14 of 48)

It's Sunday.

Do you work for some kind of religious organisation? From the working temperature I'm guessing you're on the devil's team?

HorstVogel - 03 May 2020 15:53:11 (#15 of 48)

What about Covid-19, or are you posting from the ISS?

very liberal with home office at my place, just finished 2 weeks holiday, before that I was the only one there - bliss, fresh air, quiet. I hope tomorrow it'll be the same.

hatters, I was also woundering where? A server room with lots of people or perhaps Tunisia.

DogBreath - 05 May 2020 14:29:18 (#16 of 48)

There were windows but they were the slat type and high up. Opening them just let in more hot air.

The building is very old and not designed for 40+ laptops kicking out heat.

DogBreath - 05 May 2020 14:32:55 (#17 of 48)

Lol yes is was more like a religion than a company. We didn’t have a boss we had a “leader”.

Pinkgum - 05 May 2020 14:36:47 (#18 of 48)

This might be useful DB

Basically there is no upper limit, as it depends on what type of environment and what type of work you are doing.

You would need to formally request an assessment either your employer, union or HSE.

SinnerBoy - 05 May 2020 14:40:52 (#19 of 48)

I was doing an office job, in the summer of the 2003 heatwave. As the management didn't come in at the weekends, they turned the aircon off.

I was at my desk, dripping great volumes of sweat onto it and my keyboard. At 1 pm, I thought "Fuck this!" and left. The next day, I went in at 6am and my office manager came in at about ten.

I moaned about the heat and he had a go at me for leaving early. After less than half an hour, he told me it was too hot, that he couldn't take it and that I wasn't to leave before 5.

At noon, the thermostat showed 42°C, so off I fucked.

A major row was had, at the Monday meeting. One of the guys was a union rep and said that company guidelines forbade working at more than 30°C.

Next weekend, a team of ten came in, from a ship. They all fucked off at about ten. I stayed a bit longer. They didn't come in on Sunday.

The following weekend, the aircon was on.

DogBreath - 05 May 2020 14:43:10 (#20 of 48)




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