With winter starting to settle in already, it is important to understand if there are any rules, laws, and regulations regarding warehouse cooling and heating. In the cold weather, it can get so cold that you are legally allowed to leave your place of work, but it is important to understand these, just to ensure that you are kept as safe as possible.
What Does the Law Say?
According to the Health and Safety Executive, there is no actual law that states that there is a minimum or maximum temperature in working environments. However, there are recommendations for what they should be. For example, for a work environment that doesn’t involve any physical effort, the temperature is 16°C.
For a work environment that does involve rigorous physical effort, for example, in a warehouse, the minimum temperature is said to be around 13°C. There are some regulations that are in force at the moment; one of the most important ones in terms of working environment temperatures is the Workplace (Health, Safety, and Welfare) Regulations does state that during work hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable.
However, this does depend on the type of workplace that you are working in. Basically, it is at the manager’s discretion, but it is important for them to understand the comfort of their employees and colleagues.
Things You Need to Consider with Temperatures
In the cold weather, everyone in the warehouse needs to ensure they are kept nice and warm, as working in cold environments can be strenuous of the body. With this in mind, companies should keep industrial heaters maintained and serviced as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Once the warm air is circulating around the warehouse, with the help from destratification fans, then the warehouse should be warm in no time at all. However, it can go from one extreme to another; if you are using heaters, make sure that the controllers are set correctly, as being too warm can also affect productivity in a negative way.
If the temperature of the warehouse becomes relatively high, it can lead to heat stress, especially when employees in warehouses have to wear a lot of heavy protective safety equipment. In this case, make sure to consider everything; if it is particularly warm, allow some time for your workers, rotate your staff around regularly, and consider any risk assessments to ensure the safety of you and your colleagues.
In the winter, it is particularly important to ensure that the health, safety, and welfare of your colleagues is a top priority. If your warehouse seems colder than it should be, it’s your responsibility to make sure that your colleagues are happy in their place of work.
At Heritage Heating, we are able to supply extremely high quality industrial heating systems, so you can rest assured that you won’t be too cold during winter months. If you want to know more information, then please contact us today on 01509 814 123 and one of our staff will be more than happy to help.