News: Employers urged to relax dress codes in heatwave

cropped image of a businessman adjusting necktieAs Britain’s summer heatwave continues, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called on employers to ensure their workers are safe and comfortable.

Although many workplaces require formal workwear such as suits or branded uniforms, the TUC is urging employers to relax dress codes during this spell of warm weather. The organisation is urging companies to agree on a dress code that maintains a corporate image (where required), but also allows workers to keep cool.

Legally, workplace temperatures should not fall below 16°C, but there is currently no upper temperature limit. The TUC has advised a maximum temperature of 30°C, or 27°C for those doing strenuous work, and the organisation recommends employers are prepared to bring the temperature down once it reaches 24°C.

Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary, says “As soon as the temperature starts to soar and begins to nudge 24°C, employers should be allowing their staff to dress down for summer and make sure that plenty of fans, portable air conditioning units and cold drinking water is available to reduce the heat in offices, factories, shops, hospitals, schools and other workplaces across the country.”

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