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    where do i stand?

    If i wanted to report my place of work due to unsatisfactory working conditions who would i go to? or how would i do it?

    The heating has been unusable for weeks on end, and now it is around 10'c in store.

    customers are complaining, and staff are having to wear there own gloves and thermals, however the managers are not doing anything about it.

    it states in the health and safety manual they should provide clothing etc for us however even this has not been done.

    the manager is even refusing to let us wear our coats under our uniforms which is unfair.

    so where do we stand?

    24 Comments

    are you in a union?
    if so speak to them

    Original Poster

    pinkshaz

    are you in a union?if so speak to them



    No im not, never had the option to join one.

    where do i stand?
    on a railway tarck

    lastlaststar

    No im not, never had the option to join one.


    who do you work for?
    when our heating went at work the union rep spoke to management and we went home until they sorted it as it was unreasonable working conditions but even the people not in the union still got to go home.

    Original Poster

    pinkshaz

    who do you work for?when our heating went at work the union rep spoke to … who do you work for?when our heating went at work the union rep spoke to management and we went home until they sorted it as it was unreasonable working conditions but even the people not in the union still got to go home.



    I work for a large high street branch, thats all i wanna say at the moment.

    Maybe try and find out tomorrow if you have a union and if you have then have a word with one of the union reps.
    Hopefully they will sort it out quickly!

    its hard to give a proper opinion if we dont know what kind of work you do as some places its not hygenic to wear your own clothes either.

    ring acas they are good, i rang them before about an employer, and in 2 days they couldnt do enough for me

    Health and Safety HSE as per magicjay's link is your first stop.

    Original Poster

    pinkshaz

    its hard to give a proper opinion if we dont know what kind of work you … its hard to give a proper opinion if we dont know what kind of work you do as some places its not hygenic to wear your own clothes either.



    its a retail store.

    blimey, i used to work in a blast freezer, wearing a t shirt and a thin overall. the physical work i had to do kept me toasty. Do some push ups maybe?

    lastlaststar

    No im not, never had the option to join one.



    anyone can join a union (if they want)

    Banned

    I would ring head office

    Banned

    lastlaststar

    I work for a large high street branch, thats all i wanna say at the … I work for a large high street branch, thats all i wanna say at the moment.


    so basically you're an argos xmas temp who is raged about a) being cold in november and b) having to work

    Original Poster

    Zer0Cool

    so basically you're an argos xmas temp who is raged about a) being cold … so basically you're an argos xmas temp who is raged about a) being cold in november and b) having to work



    no actually clever dick

    ACAS 08457 474747

    The temperature in the workplace should normally be at least 16 degrees centigrade unless the work requires considerable physical effort, when it should be at least 13 degrees. These temperatures do not apply to rooms (or parts of rooms) where it would be impractical to maintain such temperatures, such as rooms which have to be open to the outside or where food has to be kept cold. In such cases, the temperature should be as close to 16 degrees (or 13 degrees) as is practical. A thermometer must be provided so that workers can check the temperature inside the building. Further information about workplace temperature is available from the Health and Safety Executive's website at hse.gov.uk or, in N. Ireland, from the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland's website at hseni.gov.uk.
    Edited by: "diabeticguy" 30th Nov 2010

    the legal minimum working temperature is set out in law...

    •keep temperatures at a comfortable level - a minimum of 13 degrees C where the work involves physical activity or 16 degrees C for 'sedentary' workplaces eg offices but there's no maximum limit
    direct.gov.uk/en/…686

    You should first of all discuss your concerns with your employer or immediate boss. Your company may have a safety representative, who might be your first point of contact. If you have an employee representative, such as a trade union official, they may be able to help you.

    Your employer must not expose you to avoidable risks at work, and if you have pointed out risks without getting an answer, you can get confidential information from the HSE's InfoLine.

    HSE Infoline contact detailsAs a last resort, you can get in touch with the authority responsible for enforcing health and safety in your workplace (either the HSE or your local authority).

    Health and safety inspectors have powers to enforce the law. If you take this course of action, your employer must not discipline you or put you at a disadvantage in your job (eg by not paying you for the time you refused to work because of unsafe conditions, passing you over for promotion, etc).



    Edited by: "chalkysoil" 30th Nov 2010

    Although there is no minimum temperature requirement for a retail store, you can refuse to work if the temp. is very low, however it would be classed as unpaid leave. Speak to your head office HR department. Some store managers do not operate the heating system for reasons of cost, & their bottom line figures. Ask your customers to complain to head office.

    Bet you work in a bookies lol

    None of the ones i ever worked in had heating or air-con that was effective.
    Roasting hot in the summer, barely above freezing in the winter. Think its the amount of lights and TV's in the place that ever got the place to heat up by nighttime, then you go home when the heats accumulated and have to switch it all off lol

    Go On Strike oO

    I just asked my boyfriend what temp it is where he works,it's always freezing in the winter he said it's 11

    Why the workers don't complain is beyond me.
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