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Jonathan Jones, interesting stuff, though not having worked in that business, let alone prior to 1950, it is difficult to know what the bad working practices were, that led to this Health and Safety Legislation. Working within ovens/kilns that were still hot is obvious, but a maximum of 75F in work areas seems to be more about the material, than the worker.

May 29, 2016 at 11:27 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

golf charlie,

See the full text


Temperature

16.—(1) The dry-bulb temperature in any workroom shall not, while work is going on, be above 75 degrees Fahrenheit:

provided that when the temperature in the shade in the open air exceeds 65 degrees Fahrenheit the temperature in the workroom may exceed 75 degrees Fahrenheit but may not exceed by more than 10 degrees the temperature in the shade in the open air.

(2) The dry-bulb temperature in any workroom in which pottery is made by the compression of clay dust or is fettled after being so made shall not after the first hour be less than 55 degrees Fahrenheit while work is going on.

(3) A suitable thermometer shall be provided and maintained in a suitable position in every workroom.

(4) When any person is in an oven for the purpose of drawing, the temperature at his head-height shall not exceed 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

(5) Upon demand being made at any time by persons employed or immediately proposed to be employed in an oven for the purpose of drawing, the temperature in the oven shall be taken by the occupier or his representative and the occupier shall provide a suitable thermometer for the purpose.

(6) The requirements of this Regulation shall be without prejudice to the provisions of Section 3 of the principal Act.

May 29, 2016 at 8:34 PM | Registered CommenterJonathan Jones

1:00 PM Green Sand

The UK is morphing into Nigeria - I wonder how the cement business is going (being energy intensive and polluting etcetera) ?

May 29, 2016 at 8:31 PM | Registered Commentertomo

Jonathan Jones, thank you for that!

Out of curiousity, was the legislation brought about by Trades Unions for the benefit of particular workers, kilns etc, or more general, or was it linked to prevent the clay drying out too quick before being fired?

May 29, 2016 at 7:05 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

@Alan kendall, May 29, 2016 at 9:13 AM

Philip Bratby. I keep my home between 21 and 22 degrees C. According to the NHS then I'm only a few degrees away from death. Hypothermia one way, unspecified death the other, such a Goldilocks world we live in.

Will the EU be demanding mass evacuation of southern Europe this summer?

No dinner invites please - I would be too hot and very uncomfotable & tetchy. Pcar's house is in the 12 to 16 degrees C range most of the year.

May 29, 2016 at 6:58 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

I wonder if the STOR guys realise what could be in store for them?

".......This month, the UK’s Petroleum Industry Association (PIA) warned a committee of MPs that the six remaining refineries in the UK face “a real and imminent threat” which could damage the UK’s security of supply in the diesel and jet fuel markets......."

May 29, 2016 at 1:00 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

temperatures where I am for the week Everyday the same : max:33C min : 26C
... I must be already dead ..been around here for more than 1 year..never won jacket or long trousers.

May 29, 2016 at 11:58 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

In a positive banquet of snidery and word games Matt McGrath tries to stick the boot in to Exxon Repeating reams of dishonest BS - well done Matt (and chums one has to assume)

They (Exxon) banned The Guardian from their shareholder meetings - outrage !! (and their advertising budget too I assume)...

I think they should consider banning the BBC too. You never know - it might set a trend ...

May 29, 2016 at 11:15 AM | Registered Commentertomo

golf charlie,

There are maximum workplace temperatures within the potteries industry specified in The Pottery (Health and Welfare) Special Regulations 1950.

May 29, 2016 at 10:36 AM | Registered CommenterJonathan Jones

Philip Bratby. I keep my home between 21 and 22 degrees C. According to the NHS then I'm only a few degrees away from death. Hypothermia one way, unspecified death the other, such a Goldilocks world we live in.

Will the EU be demanding mass evacuation of southern Europe this summer?

May 29, 2016 at 9:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlan kendall

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