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AWU Safety Matters Update | Beat the Heat and Say No to Unsafe Work

November 26, 2020 12:24 pm

AWU Safety Matters Update

Beat the Heat and Say No to Unsafe Work


With the hot weather returning to Queensland, keeping safe at work is essential.

Working in excessive heat puts your health at risk and can lead to serious illnesses and sometimes even death.

Importantly, you have the right to stop work if you feel symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

We‚Äôve also attached a safety matters flyer ‚Äď make sure you share it around your workplace.

If you have any concerns or issues about working in the heat – talk to your AWU Delegate or Organiser immediately.

AWU Workplace Health & Safety Alert

November 2020

Working in excessive heat can lead to serious illnesses and sometimes even death.

You have the right to STOP WORK if you feel symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, such as:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache/dizziness/fatigue
  • Hot/dry skin
  • Muscle cramps
  • Loss of consciousness

Don’t work outside of your body’s capabilities and say no to unsafe work.

Your employer has a legal duty of care to protect you from heat stroke and heat exhaustion by providing:

  1. Constant supplies of cool drinking water
  2. Breaks to rest and cool off in the shade or airconditioned area
  3. Loose fitting clothing and for outdoor workers ‚Äď wide brim hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  4. Time to adjust to working in the heat by gradually increasing workload and heat exposure
  5. Training and education for recognising symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stress and seeking medical help quickly

Contact your AWU Organiser for advice and assistance on 1300 362 298 if your work involves exposure to heat.

 

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