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Safe Work Australia has published a Guide for managing the risks of working in heat.

“Heat is a hazard in many Australian workplaces, whether work is performed indoors or outdoors,” said Safe Work Australia CEO Michelle Baxter.

“With the onset of warmer months, now is a good time for workplaces to review their controls for working in hot conditions and take steps to ensure workers are safe.”

The guide provides practical guidance on how to manage the risks associated with working in heat, and information on what to do if a worker begins to suffer from a heat-related illness.

“Eliminating the hazard is the first priority for worker safety,” said Ms Baxter.

“Sometimes this may mean canceling or rescheduling work for when there are cooler conditions.”

The new guidance covers a range of tactics for managing heat in the workplace, as well as information on recognising and treating the most common forms of heat-related illness.

For more information, visit the Safe Work Australia website or contact your local WHS regulator for specific advice on how to manage the risks associated with working in heat in your workplace and industry.

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