This working in hot conditions form:
Working in hot conditions or a working environment with high humidity can be physically challenging and potentially dangerous. To stay safe and healthy when working in hot environments, it’s important to follow some risk control measures, for example:
Drink plenty of cool drinking water and electrolyte-rich beverages to avoid dehydration.
Light-colored, lightweight and breathable clothing can help keep you cool.
Regular breaks in a shaded or air-conditioned area can help prevent heat exhaustion.
If required, use personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hats, sunglasses and sunblock to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.
If you are new to working in hot conditions, it’s important to gradually acclimate your body to the heat over time.
Symptoms of heat stress include fatigue, dizziness and muscle cramps, while symptoms of heat stroke include high body temperature, confusion, and unconsciousness. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
Note: Everything that is reasonably practicable to eliminate or minimise the risks to health and safety related to working in the heat should be done.
This 1-page managing work in hot conditions form identifies a selection of what may be reasonably practicable to eliminate or minimise risks associated with working in working in extreme heat or hot weather.