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Question for anyone in HR or who may be familiar.

If the AC in an office building isn't working, is it an OSHA violation if they do not let employees leave?

Posted 7/22/19 1:15 PM
 
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mommywantsababy
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I can’t imagine it is. Schools most often don’t have ac

Posted 7/22/19 1:38 PM
 

bunnyluck
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I highly doubt it, but I don't specialize in this area by any means. I would guess that AC is probably conisdered a luxary, not a necessity in the workforce. For instance, I have mechanic friends who work with no AC or Heat in the Winter!

Posted 7/22/19 1:43 PM
 

Bonsai
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No, not a violation. OSHA does not monitor workplace air temperatures.

Posted 7/22/19 1:53 PM
 

LuckyStar
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I don’t think it’s a violation but I would refuse to come to work under those circumstances.

Posted 7/22/19 2:10 PM
 

Mrs213
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Nope

Posted 7/22/19 2:28 PM
 

tray831
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Re: HR question



I believe if an employee wants to leave in a "hot environment" like that; they would have to use Vacation time; and be charged for it.

Because, technically, there is nothing illegal about it.

Posted 7/22/19 3:19 PM
 

NYCGirl80
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Re: HR question

...as I sit here sweltering in my 80 degree office b/c our A/C has been broken since Wednesday...

Posted 7/22/19 3:36 PM
 

loveus
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My husband and many others are working outside in this heat.
I know his employer needs to provide them with water.

Posted 7/22/19 3:41 PM
 

RainyDay
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Ours is broken and they wont be here until tomorrow. So no I dont think so

Posted 7/22/19 3:59 PM
 

Eunyboo
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"As a general rule, office temperature and humidity are matters of human comfort. OSHA has no regulations specifically addressing temperature and humidity in an office setting. However, Section III, Chapter 2, Subsection V of the OSHA Technical Manual, "Recommendations for the Employer," provides engineering and administrative guidance to prevent or alleviate indoor air quality problems. Air treatment is defined under the engineering recommendations as, "the removal of air contaminants and/or the control of room temperature and humidity." OSHA recommends temperature control in the range of 68-76° F and humidity control in the range of 20%-60%."

Posted 7/22/19 4:51 PM
 

BargainMama
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Re: HR question

It might not be a violation, but it's pretty sh*tty to make your employees work in a hot building with no a/c. This is 2019, not 1950. All buildings should have a/c, schools included. Most schools have some sort of reprieve with a/c in the offices and break rooms though, don't they?

Posted 7/22/19 6:23 PM
 

NervousNell
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Re: HR question

Posted by BargainMama

It might not be a violation, but it's pretty sh*tty to make your employees work in a hot building with no a/c. This is 2019, not 1950. All buildings should have a/c, schools included. Most schools have some sort of reprieve with a/c in the offices and break rooms though, don't they?



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It says a lot about a company or a manager- if its manager discretion -if they make their employees work in an 85 degree building all day.
The AC was out in my office this morning and it was 85 degrees. I don't mind the heat so much, but there was no air circulating at all, so it felt very heavy and stagnant and hard to breathe.
They fixed it within 30 minutes of me being there but I had already told my team if it wasn't fixed within in an hour we were leaving and working from home.
I thank my lucky stars every day that I don't work in a place that doesn't give a shit about their employees.

Posted 7/22/19 8:40 PM
 

PitterPatter11
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Re: HR question

Posted by BargainMama

It might not be a violation, but it's pretty sh*tty to make your employees work in a hot building with no a/c. This is 2019, not 1950. All buildings should have a/c, schools included. Most schools have some sort of reprieve with a/c in the offices and break rooms though, don't they?



Schools typically have AC in offices and the faculty room, but it is honestly a sweat box if it is above 70. Plus many teachers maybe get a 40 minute lunch during the day so there is no real reprieve. I remember last September being unbearable.

Posted 7/23/19 7:37 AM
 

lightblue
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Re: HR question

Thanks for the clarification. We were without AC for two days and our supervisor let us leave an hour and a half early. I guess it's something.

Posted 7/25/19 9:34 AM
 
 

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