Safe Work Australia issues safety warning over working in heat

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Tuesday, 22 January, 2019 - 12:15
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Safe Work Australia recently issued a warning about the safety hazards of working in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Factory workers who use hot machinery and workers who work in roof cavities with little or no air flow are just some examples of workers at risk of heat-related illness indoors.

“Businesses all have duties under work health and safety laws to manage the risks of working in heat and protect worker health and safety,” SWA said.

“To help identify hazards in your workplace you should talk to workers, including any health and safety representatives, and other duty holders.”

SWA recently launched a working in heat web page with more information on how to identify and address hazards which may cause heat-related illness, and information on what to do if a worker begins to suffer from a heat-related illness.

SWA has also released a guide for managing the risks of working in heat, which includes a checklist for risk-managing heat in the workplace.