Temperatures are expected to soar this week in many parts of the state. 

  • Fatigue and heat stress are major causes of injury in hot conditions
  • Heat can reduce a worker’s performance and productivity, plus increase the chance of injury by reducing the ability to concentrate, recognise risks and communicate effectively.
  • Heat related claims are at a cost $4.3 million, so it needs to be taken seriously and managed effectively

Tips on how to protect yourself from the effects of working in the heat:

  • If possible, businesses should try to re-schedule work to cooler times of the day such as early morning or late afternoon
  • If this is not possible, ensure workers have access to plain drinking water, at least 200mL every 15-20 minutes, shaded rest areas and frequent rest breaks
  • Supervision is also important as people can deteriorate quickly if heat affected, so keep an eye out for each other
  • Businesses should set realistic workloads and work schedules and ensure fair distribution of work
  • It is important that workers don’t rely on energy or caffeinated drinks which can have a diuretic affect
  • Workers can be exposed to UV radiation when working in the shade as well as the sun, so it is important to wear sun protection in all outdoor conditions
  • Workers should be provided clothing with a UPF 50+ rating such as loose shirts with long sleeves, collars and long pants
  • They should also be provided with broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30+, broad brimmed hats and sunglasses which meet Australian Standards for UV protection.