Meeting spaces can quickly become hot and stuffy when many people are assembled in the room. If supplemental air-conditioning is used it can be difficult to sustain a comfortable temperature for all attendees.
- Be prepared for varying temperatures.
- Use supplemental air-conditioning, where installed.
- Discomfort and fatigue
Identified hazards and controls
Discomfort and fatigue
- Temperature is too hot or too cold.
What workers can do
- Be prepared for variation in temperature, for example keep a spare jumper, coat or wrap at work.
- Keep hydrated – air conditioning can remove the moisture from your skin and body.
- If there is a room specific temperature adjustment, set it to a comfortable temperature for most of the occupants.
- Report unusually hot or cold temperatures as there may be a fault with the air conditioning system.
What employers can do
- Track reports of air conditioning issues in meeting rooms.
- If there is no air conditioning and the windows are unable to be opened, consider a supplementary air conditioning system or ceiling fans.
- Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 – Refer to part 3.2, division 2 General working environment.
Page last reviewed: 16 May 2021