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Good Working Climate – How To Feel Good and Work Well

Uncomfortable working and store environments are no longer the norm. A majority of people today enjoy central heating in their homes and experience the comfort of air conditioning whilst they are shopping or travelling in their cars, and this raises expectations within the workplace. Perhaps, more importantly, there is good evidence to support the business case for controlling the temperature within your workplace.

Recent research has shown that concentration is reduced and therefore productivity suffers when in a workplace which is too cold or too hot. Workers can feel tired and become irritable. Lack of concentration may also lead to increased risk of accident. From a customer perspective we are less likely to spend time in or return to establishments that make us feel uncomfortable.

What is an acceptable temperature in the Workplace?

Unofficial guides suggest that temperatures between 16C/61F to 24C/72F is suitable for most types of work and the Chartered Institute of Building Services provide the following recommendations for temperature in different work areas:

  • Light work in factories - 16C/61F

  • Office and dining rooms - 20C/68F

  • Heavy work in factories - 13C/55F

  • Hospital wards and shops - 18C/64F

Minimum Working Temperature

An enforceable minimum working temperature BETWEEN 13C/55F AND 16C/61F has been set by Health & Safety Executive. Below this employees have the effective right to refuse to work. However, an employer is normally allowed an hour, from start of work, to achieve this temperature.

Maximum Working Temperature

Although Health & Safety Regulations set no maximum working temperature, it states that "During working hours, the temperature inside workplace buildings must be reasonable". However the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) to the regulations set out that "all reasonable steps should be taken to achieve a comfortable temperature", this may be taken to include the provision of suitable fans, or portable air conditioning, air-cooling or Climate Control equipment. Check out your cooling requirements with our Cooling Calculator.

What can an employer do?

There are a variety of permanent and temporary options available, such as Fans and Air Movers, Portable air conditioners, Evaporative Coolers, Fixed Air Conditioning and Full Climate Control

Check out your Cooling Needs with our Cooling Calculator/ and your Heating Needs with our Heating Calculator (hyperlinks in heating as well) as and when heating calculator done

Remember - Heat is the No.1 killer of IT equipment and the valuable investments you have made in IT, Data Centres, Server Rooms and Telecom Facilities could be wasted if the correct temperatures are not maintained. If your business-critical equipment failed, imagine the disruption and financial losses?  It's the same for technology in food /beverage processing, workshops and warehousing. We understand how critical your IT Systems are to you and we have a large product range of energy efficient Climate Control and Air Conditioning systems, and a service that won’t let you down.

For all aspects of Cooling and Heating visit our website and see our full range of energy efficient Climate Control, Air Conditioning and Heat-for-hire products which are available to either contract hire, rent or buy.

London Cool is a local ‘one stop’ provider of Air Conditioning, Climate Control equipment, Installations & Services for Hire, Fixed Installations & Maintenance, together with emergency temporary solutions. We have one of the largest ranges of Air Conditioning & Climate Control equipment in the UK. London, Birmingham, West Midlands and Crawley, West Sussex.