If you live in the ACT you’re already aware that temperatures are soaring, that is why Work Safety Commissioner, Greg Jones is reminding us to rethink safety on worksites especially where trade industries are concerned.
It’s important that employers are finding ways to limit the amount of time workers spend in the direct sunlight and exposed to heat, for example in confined spaces.
Workers can also look after the safety of their colleagues, to ensure no one suffers from heat stress and other heat related illnesses.
Exposure to the heat is dangerous and workers need to remain hydrated to stay safe.
It’s also important to war the appropriate sun safety and protective clothing.
Mr Jones also encouraged employers to support workers by providing shaded areas for work, ensuring they get enough breaks and remain hydrated. They should also reschedule work for cooler times of the day where possible.