Working in heat can be hazardous and can cause harm to workers.
Work health and safety duties
Everyone in the workplace has a WHS duty when it comes to working in heat:
- Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU)
- Designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers or installers of plant or structures
- Officers such as company directors
- Other persons at the workplace.
For further information on the duties relating to managing the risks of working in heat see the Guide for managing the risks of working in heat.
Managing risks associated with working in heat
You should manage risks by following a systematic process of:
- Identifying hazards—find out what could go wrong and what could cause harm.
- Assessing risks if necessary—understand the nature of the harm each hazard could cause, how serious the harm could be and the likelihood of it happening.
- Controlling risks—implement the most effective control measures that are reasonably practicable in the circumstances.
- Reviewing control measures to ensure they are working as planned.
SWA is not a regulator and cannot advise you about specific laws in your jurisdiction. If you need help, please contact your state or territory work health and safety authority.
This guide provides information on how to manage the risks associated with working in heat and what to do if a worker begins to suffer from a heat-related illness.
This Code is intended to be read by a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking. It provides practical guidance on how to manage risks to health and safety.