Heat Safety and UV exposure in the workplace

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This week will see another heatwave hit Adelaide and you need to be prepared!

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.

Below are a few tips from our Workplace Relations team.

Heat Safety:

  • Monitor workers if there have been three or more days over 35 degrees
  • Ensure workers are taking in adequate amounts of water
  • In situations of hotter than normal temperatures, assign personnel a "buddy" to monitor each other
  • In extreme heat situations, assign regular breaks where possible based on workload
  • Have supplies of electrolyte replacement powders or fluids available
  • Monitor for advanced signs of heat exhaustion, such as: clammy skin, confusion, light‐headedness, fainting, vomiting, weakness, short temper, fatigue and loss of concentration.

To reduce the risk of Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke:

  • Place the person in a cool and shady location
  • Open clothing
  • Wipe exposed skin with a damp cloth, towel at air temperature - not cold
  • If there is no air flow, create some!
  • Give slow sips of water or electrolyte replacement fluid

If you need help, do not hesitate to contact the MTA’s WHS and RTW Coordinator, Cos Lamberto by calling 8241 0522 or by clicking here.