Workplaces will be able to be colder than before

According to the regulation, for example, the lowest permitted temperature for drivers, assembly line workers or cashiers should drop from the current 18 to 16 degrees Celsius.

It will be able to drop from 20 to 18 degrees in the changing rooms, from 22 to 19 degrees in the washrooms, from 25 to 19 degrees in the showers and from 18 to 15 degrees in the toilets.

“The main reason for the proposal is to revise the legal framework in relation to the minimum temperature requirements in the workplace, taking into account the current situation, when in connection with the war conflict in Ukraine there is a restriction and interruption of natural gas supplies, when a further increase and persistence of the energy crisis is expected, ” the ministry stated in the explanatory report to the regulation.

The current set temperatures come from 2007. According to Minister of Health Vlastimil Válk (TOP 09), his office consulted the proposal with hygienists and compared it with other countries. According to the proposal, the change should enter into force on the date of the announcement of the new government regulation.

For different classes of work, the regulation sets both a minimum and a maximum temperature. The ministry is proposing a change for category 1 work, i.e. sitting with minimal whole-body activity, and category 2a sitting with light manual work.

For category 1, which includes office, administrative or laboratory work, he proposes a drop from the current minimum temperature of 22 to 18 degrees.

For category 2a, which includes, for example, drivers, cashiers or assembly of light parts, the temperature can drop from 18 to 16 degrees. It also depends on the method of ventilation and the thermal resistance of the clothing.

Due to the energy crisis, the Ministry of Industry and Trade also proposed a special decree in August, according to which the heating temperature of public spaces would be reduced in the event of a gas supply failure.

For example, in centrally heated living rooms or offices, the temperature should be reduced to 18 degrees, in school classrooms to 19 degrees.