WorkSafe Victoria reminded employers in the state’s north to take measures to protect workers in prolonged extreme heat.
Summer isn’t over yet so its important our efforts to keep workers safe in the heat continue especially where workers have to work outdoors like construction workers do.
Working in the heat can lead to dehydration and heat stress, with the worst cases leading to brain injury and organ failure.
Employers are urged to prioritise their workloads and plan the day properly, rescheduling work or modifying work to minimise exposure to the heat and sun. Even indoor tasks should be managed and employers must consider the impact of heat on workers even when indoors because in some situations like in confined spaces, the heat may be worse.