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Industrial Health and Safety: Temperature

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints the Health and Safety Executive received on high temperatures in the workplace in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008. (254274)

The information requested is as follows:

Number of complaints

2004-05

2

2005-06

2

2006-07

2

2007-08

1

Source:

The information has been obtained from HSE’s operational information system (COIN)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions of employers the Health and Safety Executive undertook in cases of failure to manage high temperatures in the workplace in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008. (254275)

From 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2008, the Health and Safety Executive took no prosecutions as a result of employers’ failures to manage high temperatures in the workplace.

Although outside the period specified in the question, legal proceedings have recently been initiated by HSE related to a workplace fatality in 2006-07 in which heat stress was implicated.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who have a condition believed to have been caused or exacerbated by exposure to high temperature in their work. (254276)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance the Health and Safety Executive has issued on workplace temperatures (a) which are not considered reasonable and (b) at which control measures to manage heat must be put in place. (254283)

I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave the hon. Member for Rochdale (Paul Rowen) on 21 January 2009, Official Report, column 1450W.

The guidance issued by HSE does not specify a maximum workplace temperature at which control measures must be put in place.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many workplace injuries where exposure to high temperature was a factor were reported to the Health and Safety Executive during (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008. (254277)

I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave the hon. Member for Rochdale (Paul Rowen) on 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 88W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many instances of stress due to exposure to high temperatures in the workplace were reported to the Health and Safety Executive in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008. (254286)

Instances of heat stress, as a medical condition, may be included in injuries reported under the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 but it is not possible to identify them separately.