There is currently no legal maximum workplace temperature but the recent heatwave has prompted the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to call for the introduction of a 30 degrees celsius limit. If thermometers hit this employers, including fleets, would have to take measures to cool things down.
Hugh Robertson, head of health and safety at the TUC, said: ‘Everyone driving commercially should have air-conditioning in their vehicle.
‘It is a serious problem for drivers, especially when the vehicle is stationary as temperatures can reach 40 degrees celsius and cause heat stress, confusion and tiredness.
‘If air-conditioning is not possible, look at driver’s working hours and advise them not to drive in the heat. Drivers should also be given water to keep in the vehicle.’
However, a spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said he didn’t believe such regulations would be enforceable.