Keep warm and toasty on site in the colder months with a portable radiator from Cromwell. We stock a choice of high-performance radiators that are easy to use and feature safety cut-offs as standard. Choose products from well-known suppliers, like Kobe® for all your heating needs.

What is a radiator?

Radiators are one of the most popular methods of heating an internal space. They're used in pretty much every home in the country, as well as in offices, warehouses, and job sites in all their forms. Ideal when working in an unheated location, portable radiators maintain a reasonable working temperature for workers in construction and fabrication to keep them motivated and productive.

Why buy radiators?

Employers have a duty of care to provide a working environment that is safe and comfortable for their employees. Working in cold environments can reduce productivity and increase the risk of accidents, especially when operating machinery. Low temperatures can have an adverse effect on the extremities, affecting flexibility in the hands and fingers, which can significantly impact a worker's ability to do their job safely.

By purchasing items like protective clothing, portable radiators, or fan heaters for staff, you're working to fulfil your responsibilities to their welfare and maintaining compliance with the Health & Safety (Workplace) Regulations, 1992.

Radiator types

Radiators that are plumbed in and connected to a building are mostly standard in domestic and office settings, so for the purpose of this article, we'll consider the portable types of radiators...

Electric radiators  -   These energy efficient radiators use electricity to create warmth instead of heating water and are a lightweight and portable option.

Oil filled radiators   -   These free-standing radiators feature a thermostat dial and can plug into the mains to deliver convection type heat to any location.

Kiln fired radiators   -   This type of radiator is designed for sustainability and is manufactured with a high thermal mass and both a kiln fired radiant heat system and a convective heat system.

Considerations when choosing a radiator

Location - consider the space your radiator will need to heat before purchase and choose based on its heating capacity.

Eco-credentials - look for heat adjustable thermostats, eco modes and low wattage to conserve energy.

Safety - always check that your radiator has a safety cut-out feature to prevent overheating and the risk of fire.

Radiator jargon buster

Working in colder environments during the winter months can be difficult for any workforce. Lower temperatures can reduce morale and see productivity drop. So, to keep you compliant and up to date with government requirements, we've outlined a useful publication from the HSE.

What is the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations, 1992 Approved Code of Practice?

This publication from the HSE is regularly reviewed and updated and offers guidance for businesses to maintain employee welfare in a range of industries and settings. In relation to working in cold environments, it gives the reasonable temperature ranges in which it's considered safe to work and advice on provisions that should be made to employees in those conditions.

Let's break it down...

• For heating in offices and in similar settings, the HSE recommends that environments where workers are mainly seated or require limited movement should be heated to a minimum of 16°C.

• For physical jobs that require high levels activity, the HSE recommends a temperature of 13°C minimum.

• For outdoor working where heating (or air conditioning when it's very warm) isn't possible, the HSE recommends workers take frequent breaks for drinks and that provisions of suitable PPE equipment such as thermal gloves and hats should be made.


Which type of portable radiator is the most efficient?

Electric radiators are the most efficient form of portable heating, as every bit of power is used to create radiant heat with no by-products or waste.

Do electric radiators cost more to run?

Quick answer: yes. The cost of electricity is always higher than gas no matter what tariff you're on, so even though they are more economically friendly, they're not so much when it comes to your bills.