Summer is not over yet and SafeWork SA’s reminder to employers is to protect workers from summer heat hazards.
Employers with outdoor workers in particular, must take the necessary measures to manage the risks associated with heat stress and solar UV radiation.
SafeWork SA gave employers some suggestions to minimise the risks such as,
- Adjusting workloads and schedules to avoid the times of day with most extreme temperatures such as midday.
- Rotating work so that the hottest tasks are shared and rest breaks are increased.
- Ensuring break areas are in shaded, cool areas and water is readily available to workers.
Employers also need to ensure workers are provided with the appropriate protective gear to minimise exposure to solar UV radiation.
Workers must apply sunscreen, wear protective clothing – loose clothing that covers the arms and legs, work in the shade and wear a hat. Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/12/safework-sa-reminds-employers-protect-workers-summer-heat-hazards/