Guard against the dangers of working in heat
With high temperatures expected to continue this month both employers and workers must remember to remain vigilant when working in a hot environment.
Heat illness occurs when the body is unable to sufficiently cool itself, can be incapacitating and even fatal.
Modifying the workload, re-scheduling work to cooler times of the day, engaging mechanical aids to minimise physical exertion, providing workers with access to drinking water, shaded rest areas and regular breaks will help minimise the risk of heat illness.
Heat illness is not the only danger of working during a heatwave. Hot working conditions can cause other health and safety issues, including the loss of grip while handling objects due to sweaty hands, mistakes, slips or falls due to heat fatigue or fainting, not following proper safe work procedures, burns from contact with hot surfaces or substances and sunburn.