Working in the Heat

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Working in the Heat

15/01/2019

As high temperatures and heat waves continue across most parts of Australia, businesses are reminded to protect their workers from health and safety risk associated with working in hot conditions.
Working in heat can lead to illnesses and conditions such as fainting, heat cramps and heat stroke. Other effects include dehydration and reduced concentration which could increase the risk of incidents at work.
To reduce the risk of heat illness: encourage workers to plan their work and address concerns related to working in the heat; ensure workers have suitable protection against the heat e.g. shelters, sunhats, protective clothing etc, provide adequate supervision and finally provide training on identifying and managing heat related symptoms (for example urine colour in dehydration- see chart below).

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