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UpdatesOct 22, 2020

Keeping your cool this summer

With summer approaching, the safety regulators are reminding employers to be aware of the risks faced by workers, particularly those in bushfire-prone zones, such as extreme heat, sun exposure, bushfires and smoke.

With summer approaching, the safety regulators are reminding employers to be aware of the risks faced by workers, particularly those in bushfire-prone zones, such as extreme heat, sun exposure, bushfires and smoke.

In the case of extreme heat, all businesses need to be conscious of the fact that the risks of dehydration and fatigue not only affect those who work long periods in direct sun, but also people working indoors or in confined spaces during heatwave periods.

What action should you take?

When determining areas in which your business might be exposed, it is important to consider a broad range of work environments, including workers operating machinery or vehicles without limited ventilation or air-conditioning. Further, if workers are travelling for significant periods of time or working for long durations in vehicles, they can also be exposed to the risk of fatigue and heat stroke.

Some of the areas where safety regulators recommend employers focus are the following:

The risk of UV exposure presents its own challenges, as it may still pose a significant risk even on cooler days. It is important for your organisation to:

TIP: SafeWork NSW has released a four-step guide to help workers stay comfortable and safe from the effects of extreme heat, sun exposure, bushfires and smoke. The guide includes a practical template tool that will assist you in putting appropriate risk controls in place.

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