With summer here again, it’s important to stay safe when the temperature rises.
The ASU has members in diverse industries including members who work outside in the heat of the day.
For outside workers, it is especially important to stay safe at work on hot days.
Work tips for hot weather
- Drink 100-200ml of water every 15 to 20 minutes, do not allow yourself to become thirsty
- Avoid drinking coffee, tea, alcohol and caffeinated soft drinks
- Wear light-coloured, loose clothing made of natural fibres wherever possible
- Take regular breaks in a cool place
- Monitor your physical condition and that of your co-workers
Get informed about working in heat
The ASU Career Launchpad has an on-demand training course on working in heat
This will help outdoor workers navigate the challenges associated with working in heat and minimizing your risk from sun exposure and harmful UV.
The training course covers
- UV – what it is and why it is dangerous
- Why UV is a workplace issue and how to deal
- with it in the workplace
- Working in Heat – how hot is too hot
- Practical steps to address working in heat in the workplace
You can access this ASU Career Launchpad course at www.asucareerlaunchpad.tln.org.au
If you haven’t activated your ASU Career Launchpad account yet – go to http://asucareerlaunchpad.tln.org.au/activate/ and enter your email address we’ve sent this email to.
WorkSafe Victoria and WorkSafe Tasmania have produced fact sheets on working in heat. These fact sheets provide more information on the effects of working in hot conditions and what can be done to reduce the risks.
Negotiating a Heat Agreement or Policy
If you work outside and your workplace does not have a heat agreement or policy, the ASU has created a fact sheet for OH&S Reps with information on working in hot conditions, creating an action plan to address heat-related risk, and negotiating a heat agreement or policy.
OH&S Reps needing advice or assistance negotiating a heat agreement or policy should speak with their Organiser or contact ASU OH&S Officer Mick Van Beek on 0438 133 363 on firstname.lastname@example.org
(Information sourced from WorkSafe Victoria)