The ACT has recently experienced extremely hot conditions and members are reminded that a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) has a primary duty of care to ensure a safe work environment and the health of their employees, this includes working in heat.
Working in heat can be a hazard that results in severe health problems to employees, whether the work takes place indoors or outdoors.
When working in heat an employee may suffer from heat-related illness such as dehydration, fainting and heatstroke. Some signs that an employee may be suffering from a heat-related illness is:
PCBU’s should have a work health and safety management system in place that includes how they identify and manage extreme weather conditions in the workplace. The ACT Government has also issued a severe weather warning for the week, you can find more information here.
To develop a work health and safety management system, PCBUs should make use of 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.