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Burning question - too hot to work?

‘It’s very hot in the gym where I work. Can I refuse to treat patients?‘

There is no legally defined maximum temperature level for the workplace.

However, under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 (and the Northern Ireland version) there is a requirement for employers to maintain a reasonable temperature.  

If the temperature is causing problems for you and your patients there are a number of ways in which you can make the case for your employer to undertake a risk assessment.

Speak to your safety rep or refer to the CSP Temperature Control in the Workplace advice sheet via the website at:

This is intended as general information only and does not replace individual advice.

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