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How you manage the temperature of your workplace depends on whether it is indoors or outdoors and the normal operating temperature of that environment. You may also require very specific advice for your workplace for example on heat stress, dehydration and cold stress.

Indoor workplaces

You must provide:

Outdoor work places

When working outdoors the effects of the weather in this environment can potentially have a very serious impact on an employee's welfare if the risks have never been previously considered or managed properly. This impact may be immediate or it may occur over a long time period.

For example, exposure to the sun can cause skin damage including sunburn, blistering and skin ageing and in the long term can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK with over 50,000 new cases every year.

People can avoid unnecessary exposure by such means as:

Sun protection is important and people need to realise that sunburnt skin is damaged skin. A suntan is not a sign of good health.

Further information on controlling temperature outdoors.

2012-01-30