With the warmer months fast approaching, now is the time to put in place preventative measures around the workshop to reduce the risk of illness from heat and UV exposure in your workplace.
A second year heavy vehicle apprentice recently started to feel ill and light headed in a workshop on a 36 degree day. He immediately reported it to the workshop supervisor who quickly provided him with first aid included hydration. The apprentice was then assessed by the local doctor as a precaution who advised that the apprentice suffered from dehydration and that no further treatment was required, certifying him fit to return to normal duties the next day.
It is great to see that the host employer acted promptly by initiating its own “Sun & Heat Safety Policy” which included the following actions:
To reduce the risk of Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke:
The MTA is always focussed on safety in the workplace, whether it is hazard identification or early return to work and rehabilitation following a workplace incident. If you require any assistance in Return to Work, please contact Cos Lamberto WHS&RTW Coordinator by clicking here or by calling 8440 2628.