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19 July 2016

FSB issues hot weather guidance for small businesses

While the hot weather can be beneficial for many businesses’ profits, employers also have a duty to ensure that work temperatures are reasonable for staff, customers and clients.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has published guidance to help businesses overcome the challenges as temperatures reach record levels.

There is no legal requirement for a maximum working temperature, but employers should adhere to health and safety laws that necessitate a comfortable working environment and the provision of clean and fresh air.

As the UK records some of its highest temperatures for a decade, this is an ideal time for employers to explore the potential benefits of flexible working for their staff to minimise the hot weather’s impact.

Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said: “In many businesses, the hot weather will boost sales but it is important that firms are prepared for the adverse effects of extreme weather too.

“For those employees without air conditioning, experiencing travel chaos to and from work or who work outside, employers will need to be mindful and take action. Solutions are available to every type of business and we hope that our advice will assist our members in finding the right way forward for them.”


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