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Is Your Office Just Too Hot? This Is When You Can Legally Walk Out

If you're anything like us, you'll have the air con on full whack right now with your feet in a tub of ice-cool water.

And yet, with hair a-frizz and even your knees breaking sweat, the idea of cooling off is but a distant dream.

We in Britain are ill-equipped for hot weather and the legislation around warm working conditions is frustratingly vague.

As the Metro reports, employers must ensure your working temperature is "reasonable" - according to terms set out by the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

But what constitutes "reasonable" is open for debate. One woman's unbearably sweaty cauldron is another's "just a bit close" (hence, the never-ending war over office air con).

We need a rooftop cocktail, pronto...

"Unfortunately there is no maximum temperature for workers," says the TUC. "[But] all reasonable steps should be taken to achieve a comfortable temperature."

Amazingly, the TUC's health and safety experts recommend a maximum temperature of 30°C in the office; which still seems sky-high by our standards.

But they're keen to emphasis "this is intended as an absolute maximum rather than an indication that regular indoor work at just below 30°C would be acceptable".

People work best at a temperature between 16°C and 24°C, so "employers should still attempt to reduce temperatures if they get above 24°C and workers feel uncomfortable".

And if enough people complain about the temperature, your workplace HR department is duty-bound to assess it.

The bottom line? Your employer has a responsibility to ensure the working temperature is comfortable.

A fact worth remembering before you crawl into that fridge...

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