Ribera specifies that bars and shops can limit the use of air conditioning to about “25 degrees”

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In this sense, the minister has clarified that 27 degrees will be applied “with flexibility” and has given as an example that discos, kitchens and gyms need a different temperature than other spaces such as a bookstore.

The Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Theresa Riverahas determined that bars and restaurants can limit the use of air conditioning to “about 25 degrees”, taking into account the recommendations of the labor law, compared to the 27 degrees envisaged by the Royal Decree on energy saving and efficiency measures, approved by the Spanish government.

In that sense, it has been clarified that the 27 degrees will be applied “with flexibility” and gave as an example that discotheques, kitchens and gyms need a different temperature than other spaces such as a bookstore.

“You cannot ask employees who are in conditions of significant physical exertion that they do not have the conditions guaranteed by labor law regarding maximum and minimum temperatures,” Ribera assured in statements to Onda Cero.

For this reason, companies and institutions must justify when they do not apply the temperature limit in the thermostat, a flexibility included in the Legislative Decree to protect the occupational health rights of their employees.

Ribera has pointed out that this first package of measures is designed for public use buildings “with flexibility”, depending on the type of economic activity and the work carried out.

This is how he distinguishes the sedentary work –work in an office– of active jobs –activity in a restaurant–.

“The Legislative Decree itself contains a call that wherever there are areas where employees have to move and do physical activity, they should be applied with the corresponding flexibility,” the minister clarified about the variation of the initial thermostat.

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Source: EITB

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