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Response To Environmental Audit Committee Report

Thursday, July 26, 2018

GMB RESPONDS TO ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

There is a clear need to look again at a maximum workplace temperature, and to develop clear and unambiguous guidance on what should done when temperatures hit 25 degrees says GMB

GMB, Britain’s general union, has responded to an Environmental Audit Committee report on

the practicalities of adapting to the higher frequency of heatwaves due to climate change. [1]

Dan Shears, GMB Health and Safety Director, said: 

"The current heatwave has been wonderful for those able to get out and enjoy it, but for everyone working outdoors, driving for a living, or working in warehouses or offices without air conditioning it has been a lot less fun. 

“The recommendations from the EAC are long overdue, and the good practice it suggests in terms of work-scheduling and relaxing dress codes should be commonplace across the UK.

“In the experience of our members, the opposite is true and it's a fight just to introduce these changes, even though they are temporary.

“In many cases, just getting the employer to supply drinking water to outdoor workers is a challenge.

“So there is a clear need to look again at a maximum workplace temperature, and to develop clear and unambiguous guidance on what should done when temperatures hit 25 degrees.

“It shouldn't take a heatwave alert to force employers to take action.

“This is an issue every year, and it is only likely to become more common, so the Government should act now by implementing the EAC recommendations in full."

ENDS

Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

[1] https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/uk-weather-heatwave-deaths-hot-temperature-climate-change-environmental-audit-committee-a8463716.html

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