Summer is in full swing and the temperatures are hotter than ever. If you’re going back to work this week on the building site, you’ll want to ensure you’re keeping safe in the heat to avoid heat-related illnesses such as heat stress and heat stroke.

Here are the most important things to remember:

  1. Keep well hydrated. When working in a hot environment, you can lose a litre of fluids every hour.
  2. Take frequent breaks in the shade and work alternating shifts to avoid any single person being in the sun the entire day. This will help you avoid heat stroke, of which 80 per cent of cases are fatal.
  3. Always wear a high SPF sunscreen and wear light coloured, thin, loose clothing.
  4. Keep track of the weather by listening to weather alerts on the radio and television, then prepare accordingly.
Remember that heat is responsible for more deaths in Australia than any natural disaster, so working safely is important.


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