Tempurature: Working in Exceptionally High/Low Temperatures

Applicable to employees of the Central Academic Bodies and central activities of the University of London (the "central University").

Recent technological advances in air conditioning systems have improved workplaces considerably but even offices without artificially created environments can be adequate as long as the following three important steps are adhered to:

  • Maintain a constant and comfortable temperature by ensuring the correct use of heating and ventilation systems;
  • Position workstations away from sources of heat or draughts such as air vents, open doors or heat-generating plant or equipment;
  • Take appropriate and prompt action when it is believed that the temperature at work has become too high or too low. 

HSE Guidance on Thermal Comfort in the Workplace in Hot Weather

  • Use fans to circulate air;
  • Open windows particularly at the beginning or end of the day when air is coolest;
  • Use blinds to reduce the effect of the sun (especially when the sun is shining directly onto the work area);
  • Drink water.

Further information on temperature in the workplace is available.

For further guidance on health and safety issues staff should consult the website of the Health & Safety Executiveor contact the Health & Safety Adviser, Mr Tom McCartney at Birkbeck: t.mccartney@bbk.ac.uk .  Alternatively you may want to contact one of the central University's Area Safety Co-ordinators, their contact details are available on the intranet.