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Step 1: Identify Hazards

Are employees complaining that they are feeling too hot or too cold?

The following limits have provisionally been adopted. They are intended as the trigger to indicate that a thermal comfort risk assessment may be necessary, and as such they are not prescriptive. The limits have been set up to take into account differences between premises, types of occupations and the ability to control the environments in those situations.

Air conditioned offices Are more than 10% of employees complaining of being too hot or too cold?
Naturally ventilated offices Are more than 15% of employees complaining of being too hot or too cold?
Retail businesses, warehouses, factories and all other indoor environments that may not have air conditioning Are more than 20% of employees complaining of being too hot or too cold? 

If the answer is YES to the above, then you may need to conduct a thermal comfort risk assessment. When conducting a risk assessment:

Identify the problems

Is a detailed risk assessment required, or might the problem be solved simply? Simple solutions may include:

Things to look out for include:

What are the consequences of thermal discomfort?

Are your employees reporting illnesses and other ailments that may be linked to the thermal environment?

Things to look out for include:

Next: Step 2: Decide who is at risk

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