New guide for managing heat in the workplace released

Safe Work Australia has recently published a Guide for managing the risk of working in the heat.

The guide offers practical guidance on managing the risks associated with working in heat, and information on what to do if a worker begins to suffer from a heat-related illness.

“Heat is a hazard in many Australian workplaces, whether work is performed indoors or outdoors,” said SafeWork Australia CEO Michelle Baxter.

“With the onset of warmer months, now is a good time for workplaces to review their controls for working in hot conditions and take steps to ensure workers are safe.”

The new guide covers several tactics to ensure proper management of heat in the workplace as well as information on recognising and treating the most common forms of heat-related illness.

“Eliminating the hazard is the first priority for worker safety,” said Ms. Baxter.

“Sometimes this may mean canceling or rescheduling work for when there are cooler conditions.”

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