Guide for managing risks of working in heat helps workers stay safe

Safe Work Australia’s new guide for working in different types of heat helps workers stay safe when working in heat.

The guide provides information on managing risks associated with working in heat and what to do if a worker begins to suffer from a heat-related illness. The guide will help managers and supervisors, as well as workers who have duties under work health and safety laws to manage risks.

According to SWA, the guide is particularly helpful for employers and workers in the transport, postal/warehousing, construction and public administration and safety industries, as well as labourers and protective service workers.

Managing the risks of working in heat provides information on different types of heat and how to recognise and act if a worker has been affected by it. It also offers tips on minimising hazards associated with working in heat. It also highlights the legal duties of PCBUs, company officers, workers and even designers, manufacturers and importers.

The guide also refers to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s Heat Stress (Basic) calculator, which can be used to identify and manage the risk of heat-related illness.

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