Plenty of factors affect how hot or cold we feel at work. Managing temperature so it doesn’t cause discomfort or direct harm can be tricky, so it’s important to take these factors into consideration.

We have produced guidance about dealing with temperature at work.

Managing thermal comfort at work

Thermal comfort describes whether a person feels too hot, too cold, or just right. Maintaining a thermally comfortable work environment can improve the morale and productivity of workers.

This guide provides advice on how to assess thermal comfort in your workplace and create a work environment that is thermally comfortable for your workers.

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Working in temperature extremes

Some workplaces by necessity expose workers to extreme heat or extreme cold. Managing these extremes – as well as knowing when workers are showing signs of serious ill-effects from temperature – is crucial for keeping workers healthy and safe.

Guidelines for management of work in extremes of temperature explain the human response to heat and cold, heat stress and heat strain, cold stress and cold strain, and describe training and supervision, and planning for hot and cold environments.

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.

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