It’s hot out there!

Summer is well and truly here and for those working outdoors we want you to be across your rights. Brimbank Heat Policy explains the precautions you should take from 30 degree to 38 degrees. We have also detailed some important requirements under the OHS Legislation.

Temperature (C) Duration of rest breaks when temperature is moderate to high.
30 degrees at Melbourne Airport Outdoor employees may take a 10 minute rest break each hour.
33 degrees at Melbourne Airport Outdoor employees may take a 20 minute rest break each hour.

Where practical staff should be informed either via text message, telephone, radio or directly that it has reached 33 degrees.

36 degrees at Melbourne Airport Employees should take a 20 minute rest break each hour.

Managers are to advise outdoor employees that they may move to an activity where heat has a lower impact upon safety, or vary the task to make the work site safer.


The manager may also direct the employees to return to their office, depot or operations centre.

38 degrees at Melbourne Airport All non-essential outdoor staff should be advised by their Coordinator or Manager to make the work site safe and then return to their office, depot or operations centre.

Rest and hydration will be offered to employees at this time. Further directions will be provided by the General Manager or their representative with regards to recommencing duties if appropriate, undertaking training programs or ceasing work for the day.

Staff undertaking essential services should be advised to only undertake works that are essential for the safety, wellbeing, health or care of the community. This will include ensuring all clients are safely returned home.

Remember regardless of the temperature, if at any time you are feeling faint, dizzy or unwell in any way then please approach your manager and advise that you feel unwell and it would be unsafe for you to continue to work.

As per s25 of the OH&S Act 2004 which states-

  1. Duties of employees

     (1) While at work, an employee must—

         (a) take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety; and

         (b) take reasonable care for the health and safety of persons who may be affected by the employee’s acts or omissions at a workplace; and

         (c) co-operate with his or her employer with respect to any action taken by the employer to comply with a requirement imposed by or under this Act or the regulations.

          Penalty: 1800 penalty units.

Legislation overrides Policy.

The employer may direct staff to perform other duties when you have returned to the depot, these duties need to not pose a risk to your health and safety either.  As the policy states alternate work may consist of training until your finishing time.

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Lorraine Di Pietrantonio | 0400 986 745 |


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