Managing building temperatures in cold weather

Posted by rmt22 at Dec 04, 2017 02:59 PM |
With the cold weather now upon us, we understand that it can be a challenge to maintain temperatures within some of our buildings, especially some of the older ones.

Given the upcoming Christmas break, we wanted to give you some advice on managing these temperatures, to ensure that you and everybody in the building are comfortable and know what to do if you’re not.

We aim to have temperatures between 19 and 21 degrees (+/- 2 degrees with the regulatory minimum above 16 degrees) in all our buildings. This is in line with the Approved Code of Practice relating to the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

If you believe that the temperature within your building is outside of this range, please contact the Maintenance Helpdesk on 2319 or 5851, or email maintsystem@le.ac.uk. We will come out to assess the building and where we find a fault we will endeavour to fix it.

There are some simple steps that you can take to ensure that you feel warm and comfortable:

  • Keep windows and door closed
  • Avoid blocking radiators with furniture, clothing or any other large item
  • Dress appropriately for the weather

Importantly, please don’t use externally-sourced heaters. If they haven’t been PAT tested, this creates a health and safety compliance issue and can cause power outages. Temporary heaters can be supplied by Estates and Campus Services, but generally only when there is a fault with the building’s heating, or a documented health issue through Occupational Health.

We do understand how important it is to feel comfortable in your working environment, and we hope that the above information is useful.

You can find more detail on our heating and cooling policy here.

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