As temperatures soared in NSW, SafeWork warned all employers to ensure workers are kept safe.
Companies need to take the necessary steps to protect workers from the risk of heat-related illness.
SafeWork reminds us that heat can reduce a person’s concentration, ability to identify risks and communicate effectively, which can lead to serious injury and death.
Businesses and outdoor workers in particular should adopt a flexible approach to working in the heat and exercise common sense to stay safe.
SafeWork said workers who are working outdoors or in hot environments like roof spaces or other confined spaces are at the most risk.
Employers should monitor temperature, humidity, hydration and work activity to minimise the risk of heat stress and heat related illness.
Keep an eye out for signs of heat related illness such as weakness and dizziness, collapse and heat stroke.
Managers and employers should set realistic workloads and work schedules and ensure work is evenly distributed among workers. Workers should also be provided with shaded rest areas and regular breaks.SafeWork also said outdoor work should be re-scheduled for cooler times of the day when possible.