Safe Work Australia has released updated guidance material regarding working in heat.
Working in heat can be hazardous and is a common cause of harm Australian workers in general. Some common risks of working in heat include heat-related illness, dehydration, burns and reduced concentration.
Safe Work Australia has updated guidance material on managing the risks of working in heat.
The new guidance reflects changes made to the recommended first aid for heat stroke.
This guide provides practical guidance for a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) on how to manage the risks associated with working in heat, including information on first aid for heat-related illnesses that reflects updated medical advice.
The guide is available via the Safe Work website at www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/topic/working-heat
A checklist for managing the risks of heat in the workplace is available at www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/safety-topic/hazards/working-heat/checklist-managing-risks-heat-workplace
Information on first aid for heat-related illnesses, including what to do in the case of dehydration, heat rash and cramps, and fainting, is available at www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/safety-topic/hazards/working-heat/first-aid-heat-related-illness
If you think a person may have heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call an ambulance immediately.
Information on consultation requirements can be found in the Code of Practice: Work health and safety consultation, co-operation and co-ordination.