European ruling to impose temperature standard on UK businesses
A new ruling from the European Standards Office comes into force today requiring heating controls to be locked down to a new European standard temperature and fitted with devices to prevent staff tampering.
The new rule ESO-1/4/OFOL is designed to increase energy efficiency in the workplace by 45% by creating a European standard temperature zone of 15 Celsius. This low temperature has been shown to increase worker productivity by 45%, although critics have said this is mainly due to staff being forced to move around more to keep warm. This new temperature has already been implemented in the offices of Facebook.
In order to enforce the new standardised temperature, all heating controls will have to be fitted with a standardised anti-tamper device to prevent staff altering the temperature.
“The office has become a battleground, with staff raising and lowering the temperature to suit themselves and no one agreeing on what is the right setting. By creating this rule we have a standard that will work from Athens to London. The anti-tamper device will create a more harmonious workforce and increase office efficiency,” said Doctor Avril, creator of the OFOL Directive.
UK businesses have until December 2016 to implement the new rules. Find out more and get a look at the required anti-tamper device here.