Canberra has experienced sweltering heat and there have been warnings to workers to remain safe when working in the heat.
January’s temperatures this year were 10 degrees above the average minimum temperature for the month, so its evident that temperatures are steadily rising.
Meteorologists say the hottest day on record for Canberra was a searing 42.2 degree day in February 1968 and in 2017 so far the hottest day was January 13 which reached 39.6 degrees.
If you’re an employer, its important you’re taking the necessary steps to ensure workers are safe. As an employee you also have to protect yourself from the heat. Take regular rest breaks in the shade and remain hydrated.
Employers should arrange schedules and shifts with the heat in mind.