The temperature requirements for the office
The microclimate of industrial premises – an important condition for normal operation, it determines not only the health but also the health of employees and their functional status. SanPiN 188.8.131.528-96 sets the normal parameters of the microclimate for all production facilities and jobs. And sections 5 and 6 separately specify optimal and allowable values for different time of the year – the hottest and the coldest.
Those employees who work in offices and work responsibilities which is characterized by little physical efforts and a sedentary position, SanPiN classified as Ia. For this category of workers a comfortable temperature in the summer period is 23-25 ° C and in winter 22-24C. In the case where these standards are not met, the office workers have the right to demand shorter working day.
So, when the temperature in the office rises to +29оС, the duration of the working day, depending on the category of the work performed should be reduced to 3-6 hours. When the mark of the thermometer reached +32,5 OS, the maximum length of the working day was set to 1 hour. In the case when in the cold season the temperature in the office space below the norm and is +19 ° C, the working day may be shortened for 1 hour. One hour a day you can work, when the temperature in your workplace dropped to +13оС.
The activities of the enterprise that systematically violates the established sanitary regulations, may be suspended for up to 90 days.
The liability of the employer
Providing comfortable working conditions is entirely the responsibility of the employer. According to article 163 of the labour code, he may require the implementation of time standards only when in a production or office space created normal conditions for work. In case of violation of the temperature regime, the employer must take immediate action to correct the violations.
Your rights you can protect, by complaint to the State labour Inspectorate.
If your employer ignores the requirements established by the labor legislation, should apply to the territorial sanitary-epidemiological service. If a breach is confirmed, the company can be fined from 10 to 20 thousand rubles.