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Safe Work Australia releases guide for managing the risks of working in heat

The following article is a news item provided for the benefit of the Workplace Health and Safety profession. Its content does not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Institute of Health & Safety.
Date: 
Tuesday, 19 December, 2017 - 13:45
Category: 
Industry news
Location: 
National News

Safe Work Australia has released a guide with information on how to manage the risks associated with working in heat and 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 Safe Work 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 guide provides practical guidance on how to manage the risks associated with working in heat, and information on what to do if a worker begins to suffer from a heat-related illness.

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

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

The new guidance covers a range of tactics for managing heat in the workplace, as well as information on recognising and treating the most common forms of heat-related illness.

For more information, visit the Safe Work Australia website.