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31 January 2019

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The dangers of heat stroke

The potential long-term effects of heat stroke on the brain is quite alarming. When we're exposed to extreme heat, the protein in our brains can be negatively affected.

Exposure to high temperatures, where the person’s body temperature stays over 37.8°C, can cause damage to the brain or other vital organs, trigger a heart attack and in extreme cases, result in death.

It’s not just the temperature, it’s the humidity, incident radiant energy and your health state that will kill you.

Look out for the signs of heat stroke in others.

Symptoms include, dry swollen tongue, rapid pulse, rapid shallow breathing, intense thirst, headache, nausea or vomiting, dizziness or confusion, poor coordination or slurred speech, aggressive or bizarre behaviour, loss of consciousness, seizures or coma.
Look to reduce the person’s body temperature with immediate first aid.

  • Call 000 and ask for an ambulance
  • Get the person into the shade, lay them down, and keep them as still as possible
  • Give small sips of cool fluids if conscious and able to drink
  • Bring their temperature down by putting cool packs under armpits, on the groin, or on the back of the neck to reduce body heat
  • Do not give aspirin or paracetamol; they do not help and may be harmful
  • If unconscious, lay the person on their side (recovery position) and check they can breathe properly
  • Perform CPR if needed
NSW Health - heat related illness
ABC Radio National - Life Matters - The dangers of heat stroke
Heat and work injury panel discussion

Safework Australia and SafeWork SA have been working with researchers at the University of Adelaide, Monash University, University of Western Australia, Queensland University of Technology and SA Health, on a national project focused on preventing work-related injury in hot conditions.

In this panel discussion, work health and safety experts share their insights and experiences with work-related injury in hot conditions.

They discuss the importance of identifying hazards, implementing risk-management strategies and raising the level of awareness and education across a broad range of industries.

The panellists include Professor Dino Pisaniello, Sandra Dann, Chris Giniver, Martyn Campbell and facilitator, Dr Peta Miller.

Heat and work injury panel discussion
This seminar is also available as a podcast.

Course fully booked

Please be advised that the Mine Safety Awareness Course in Lightning Ridge on 19 February is now fully booked. The next Mine Safety Awareness course in Lightning Ridge is scheduled for 26 March. For more information on our course calendar please visit the events page on our website.

Officer duty guidance
Safe Work Australia has published new guidance material for small business owners or operators.

If you make or influence the significant financial or operational decisions of a business, it is likely you are an officer. This means you have specific obligations under work health and safety (WHS) laws.

An officer is someone whose influential role means they can do things to ensure the business has the resources and systems it needs to make work safe and comply with WHS laws. This means an officer can determine the success or failing of WHS measures.

For more information visit the Safe Work Australia website:
Safe Work Australia web page for officers

Open tender closes soon

NSW Resources Regulator has released a tender to engage a consultant to undertake an Emergency Management Framework Review for mining and quarrying sector in NSW.

A full review of the emergency management framework that applies to the mining and quarrying sector in NSW is required to ensure the Resources Regulator is well equipped and can respond effectively in the event of a catastrophic incident.

This tender will close at 10am, 15 February 2019. 

For more information and to lodge a tender please click on the button below.
Emergency Management Framework Review - eTender
Socio-economic benefits report

The  CSIRO has published a report prepared for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science on behalf of the COAG Land Access for Resources Working Group titled Extractive industries lifecycle and benefit distribution.

The report identifies socio-economic benefits and impacts of mining at a State and Territory level across the lifecycle of the industry. The report considers cross-sectoral effects and draws attention to ways the mining sector is changing relative to other sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing.

Overall, the report notes signs of recovery and innovation in an industry responding to cyclical effects and a changing global context.

To view the report please click on the link below:
CSIRO - Extractive industries lifecycle and benefit distribution report
Further contact info:
Resources Regulator | Phone: 1300 814 609

Regional NSW, Resources Regulator
516 High St
Maitland, New South Wales 2320

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