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Heat is a hazard that can cause heat-related illness and increase the risk of work-related injury.

Managing the work health and safety (WHS) risks from air pollution (for example, bushfire smoke) at the workplace is a duty for all persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs).

In some circumstances, you have a right to stop or refuse to carry out unsafe work. You have this right if you have reasonable concern of a serious risk to your health and safety.

If you work outside, you may be at risk of exposure to extreme cold.  

If you work outside, you’re at risk of exposure to air pollution. Events such as dust storms and bushfires may reduce outdoor air quality. Reduced air quality may pose health and safety risks. 

If you work outside, you’re at risk of exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, even when it’s cloudy. 

If you work outside, you may experience potentially hazardous weather conditions. Bad weather conditions may include:  

  • storms 

  • wind  

Everyone in the workplace has WHS duties under the