Working in heat can be hazardous and can cause harm to workers in both indoor and outdoor work environments.
In the last 10 years from 2008-09 to 2017-18p, there were 1,360 workers’ compensation claims resulting from working in heat.
- 1,235 of these claims were from working in the sun
- 750 of these claims were cancer-related
- 140 of these were claims regarding heat stroke or heat stress
- 85 of these claims were from working in hot indoor conditions
- 40 of these were claims regarding heat stroke or heat stress
Employers have duties under work health and safety laws to manage the risks of working in heat and protect worker health and safety.