Businesses urged to prepare for new season

With the summer fast approaching, the NSW Government is urging business owners to prepare for the workplace hazards caused by hot weather and bushfires by completing a SeasonalSAFE Plan.

Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, said a plan can go a long way in mitigating various workplace risks heightened by the summer conditions.

“Although many of us are looking forward to warmer weather, we can’t forget the significant dangers that the Australian summer brings for our workplaces, especially those conducting outdoor work or based in bushfire prone areas,” Mr Anderson said.

The SeasonalSAFE Plan helps businesses to properly prepare for summer and plan activities safely, taking into account the dangers to their employees from working in the heat.

“When there is a heat safety alert released by a government authority, or workers advise they are being affected by heat, you’ll need a plan with alternative ways to complete the work or automate it to reduce physical exertion.

“Workplaces also need to ensure that when temperatures soar there is cool drinking water available, shelter where needed and adequate sun protection for everyone working outdoors.”

Mr Anderson said that a SeasonalSAFE plan will also help businesses in bushfire prone areas to make emergency plans.

“This is a good opportunity to prepare your business before the bushfire season starts, such as finding out if any employees suffer from asthma or other conditions affected by smoke, and spending time working out an evacuation plan.”

“While summer is a great time of year to enjoy time outside with family and friends, it is important that we get things right early, and if businesses can start planning now they will be ready for whatever comes their way.”

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