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.
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.