Can You Leave Work If It Gets Too Hot?

By : Ben Hayward |



With temperatures soaring, quite a lot of us are probably considering that age old question yet again: “How hot does it have to get before I can go home from work?

Well, our friends over at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have kindly outlined at what point we can reasonably down tools and decamp to the nearest beer garden…

If the temperature gets too high then it can become a health and safety issue. If people get too hot, they risk dizziness, fainting, or even heat cramps, reports The Mirror.


According to the TUC, delirium or confusion can occur above 41°C. Blood temperatures at this level can prove fatal or cause irreparable organ damage.

As some brutal employers may be unconcerned about their employees blood boiling, the TUC wants to make it illegal to keep people at work indoors if the temperature is above 30°C.

Unfortunately, that’s not happened yet – but there are a few rules that could get you out of the office.


According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE):

A meaningful maximum figure cannot be given due to the high temperatures found in, for example, glass works or foundries.

However, Regulation 7 of The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 deals specifically with the temperature in indoor workplaces.

It states that:

During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable.

Although this sounds pretty vague, the good news is you can get action taken whatever the temperature is – as long as enough people think it’s uncomfortable.


The HSE says:

If a significant number of employees are complaining about thermal discomfort, your employer should carry out a risk assessment, and act on the results of that assessment.

So, basically, if enough of you are uncomfortably hot, tell your boss – you could well be enjoying a nice refreshing pint before too long…


The Mirror