Heat and air pollution from bushfires can be hazardous and can cause harm to people working in both indoor and outdoor work environments.
Employers have duties under work health and safety laws to manage these risks and protect worker health and safety.
See the resources and guidelines available on the Safe Work Australia website for information about the potential hazards and risks associated with working in heat and air pollution.
Working in air pollution
- Managing the risks from air pollution: Advice for PCBUs – provides information about managing the WHS risks.
- Bushfires and air pollution news item on the Safe Work Australia website
- Working outside webpage – provides information on air quality including working near bushfires.
- Model Code of Practice: Managing the work environment and facilities – provides detailed guidance.
- Air quality indexes for each jurisdiction:
Working in heat
- Guide for managing the risks of working in heat – provides information on how to manage heat risks and what to do if a worker begins to suffer from a heat-related illness.
- Identify, assess and control hazards web page – outlines work health and safety duties and risk management measures.
- Working in heat infographic – provides a quick reference guide on ways to control risks.
- Potential hazards and risks for working in heat factsheet – details potential hazards and ways that risks can be minimised.