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Smoke Haze – Stay Safe this Summer

January 13, 2020

AWU Workplace Health & Safety Alert

January 2020

Smoke Haze

Bushfire smoke contains a mixture of gases and very fine particles that can be hazardous to health.

Those most at risk are outdoor workers.

A combination of soaring temperatures and bushfire smoke could lead to severe illnesses, especially in people with heart and lung conditions.

The steps needed to minimise exposure include:

• locating work inside, in enclosed structures or vehicles

• changing the place of work to where smoke levels are lower

• increasing frequency and length of rest times and

• reducing the physical intensity of work to help lower breathing and heart rates.

Contact your AWU Organiser immediately if you have any questions or require assistance.

Download the PDF here

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