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Date PostedMarch 6, 2018

Companies Responsibility to Protect Workers in The Heat

A recent article on Smh.com.au highlighted the responsibility of companies to protect workers in the extreme heat and address their heat-out policies, whether it’s tennis players in the Australian Open or rugby players or construction workers.

Recently professional rugby league player Kato Ottio died, reportedly due to heatstroke during a training session. A Manly Warringah player collapsed twice during pre-season training, apparently due to heat exhaustion, thankfully he’s fine now.

Particularly during heatwaves, employers need to ensure their workers are protected.

In the construction industry, union policies require staff to stop work if temperatures rise above 35 degrees in exposed areas and stop work altogether if temperatures exceed 37.5 degrees, unless in an airconditioned area. Read more at: http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/managing/the-venture/heat-on-companies-to-improve-worker-safety-in-high-temperatures-20180123-h0n08c.html

Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning and web strategy firm based in George St Brisbane. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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