With summer here and hot weather already upon us all workers need to stay safe at work.
In addition to taking regular breaks out of the sun, some tips for working in heat are:
- Wear light clothing that still provides adequate protection
- Wear hats and light clothing that still provide sun protection
- Have cool drinking water close to where you are working
- Drink water, even if you aren’t thirsty – every 15 minutes.
- Apply Sunscreen whenever possible
The Australian Services Union has produced a factsheet for ASU members and delegates on working in heat. You can download the fact sheet here.
Working outdoors in hot weather often exposes workers to the sun. The Cancer Council has developed an information resource – Sun Protection for Outdoor Workers that you can download here.
Safe Work Australia has also produced a guide for Managing the Risks of Working In Heat
If you have an Occupational Health & Safety concern at your workplace, you should inform your Health & Safety Representative.
An elected Health & Safety Representative has legal powers to take action regarding an ongoing known and unaddressed OH&S violation.