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Statutory Maximum Working Temperature

EDM number 56 in 2017-19, proposed by Ian Mearns on 26/06/2017.
Categorised under the topic of Industrial health and safety.

That this House notes that workers in the UK lack adequate legal safeguards from working in uncomfortably high temperatures, owing to the lack of a statutory maximum temperature at which employers would have to introduce control measures, such as breaks, access to water or air conditioning; further notes that this would correct an anomaly in current legislation where a legal minimum working temperature exists, but a corresponding upper limit does not exist in statute; appreciates that excessive heat in the workplace is responsible for heat stress and thermal discomfort, and can impact seriously on health, well-being and productivity; recognises that this is a matter of concern for workers in a wide range of workplaces including offices, schools, shops, bakeries, vehicles, trains, call-centres, theatres and construction sites; and calls on the Government to adopt the recommendations of the TUC and joint union Cool It campaign to introduce into law a maximum working temperature of 30 degrees Celsius or 27 degrees Celsius for those doing strenuous work, beyond which employers would have a statutory duty to introduce effective control measures.

This motion has been signed by a total of 36 MPs.

MPDateConstituencyPartyType
Ian Mearns26/06/2017GatesheadLabourProposed
Grahame Morris26/06/2017EasingtonLabourSeconded
Teresa Pearce26/06/2017Erith and ThamesmeadLabourSeconded
Jon Cruddas26/06/2017Dagenham and RainhamLabourSeconded
David Drew26/06/2017Seconded
Ruth Smeeth26/06/2017Stoke-on-Trent NorthLabourSeconded
Dan Carden26/06/2017Liverpool, WaltonLabourSigned
Emma Hardy26/06/2017Kingston upon Hull West and HessleLabourSigned
Jonathan Edwards27/06/2017Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Albert Owen27/06/2017Ynys MLabourSigned
Gavin Robinson27/06/2017Belfast EastDUPSigned
Stuart McDonald27/06/2017Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch EastScottish National PartySigned
Chris Stephens27/06/2017Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySigned
Kelvin Hopkins27/06/2017Luton NorthLabourSigned
Jim Shannon27/06/2017StrangfordDUPSigned
Jo Stevens27/06/2017Cardiff CentralLabourSigned
Dennis Skinner27/06/2017BolsoverLabourSigned
Jim Cunningham27/06/2017Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Martyn Day27/06/2017Linlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National PartySigned
Rachael Maskell27/06/2017York CentralLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Gordon Marsden28/06/2017Blackpool SouthLabourSigned
Peter Bottomley28/06/2017Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Wes Streeting28/06/2017Ilford NorthLabourSigned
David Simpson28/06/2017Upper BannDUPSigned
Paul Flynn28/06/2017Newport WestLabourSigned
Clive Lewis29/06/2017Norwich SouthLabourSigned
Lady Hermon29/06/2017North DownIndependentSigned
Chris Williamson03/07/2017Derby NorthLabourSigned
Kate Hollern03/07/2017BlackburnLabourSigned
Mike Hill04/07/2017HartlepoolLabourSigned
Lisa Nandy04/07/2017WiganLabourSigned
Ruth George05/07/2017High PeakLabourSigned
David Crausby20/07/2017Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Stephen Kinnock05/09/2017AberavonLabourSigned
Sandy Martin09/10/2017IpswichLabourSigned
Christine Jardine21/11/2017Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned

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