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Working in heat can be hazardous and can cause harm to workers.

See our infographic and fact sheet for key information on potential hazards and risks of working in heat in both outdoor and indoor workplaces.

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
  • Workers
  • 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.

For further guidance on the risk management process see the Guide for managing the risks of working in heat and Identify, assess and control hazards.

Further advice

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.

 

 

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