Too hot to handle - driving cabs in the heat
As temperatures across the UK soar, many people are concerned about the difficulties of working in such hot conditions.
Currently, there is no law about a maximum safe working temperature, and even the laws that do cover workplace temperature don't apply to train drivers' cabs.
As part of ASLEF's Better Driving Cabs campaign, we're calling for a change to the law so that all workplaces are included, and for the industry to work together with unions to improve cab design and make sure drivers are working at a safe and comfortable temperature.
We recently surveyed drivers on their cab conditions, and a 85% reported struggling with extreme heat in the cab, particularly during the summer.
When it's hot, drivers are sometimes forced to open windows (which makes it very noisy); are extremely uncomfortable or sweating, and often unable to access enough water to stay hydrated. We know that a comfortable driver is a safe driver, and we all want the railway to be focused on safety as a top priority.
The TUC has also called on the government to bring in better laws about workplace temperature, with a legal maximum and no exemptions, and for employers to ensure that their workers' conditions are a safe and reasonable temperature.
It's time to protect all workers, and for all of our cab conditions to be improved.