Persons Conducting Business and Undertaking (PCBUs) are reminded of their obligations under the Work Health and Safety laws to manage the risks at the workplace where the workers are required to work in extreme weather. Working in extreme weather conditions can expose workers to significant health and safety risks. Extreme weather includes heavy rain, storms, hail, extreme heat, strong wind, high pollen or dust, and high UV index.
PCBUs should have a work health and safety management system, which includes how they identify and manage extreme weather conditions in the workplace. PCBUs are reminded of their obligation to consult with the workers and any other duty holders, including their health and safety representatives (if any) whilst assessing the risks of working in extreme weather conditions.
In assessing the risks, PCBUs should use the 4-step risk assessment process, which is:
If you have any questions in relation to your work health and safety obligations, please reach out to our Workplace Relations and Legal team on (02) 6175 5900.