This Summer, ensure that you know hazards of working in heat and in air pollution

This time last year, parts of Australia were badly affected by extreme heat and bushfires. Working in heat and/or in air pollution can be hazardous and can cause harm to workers in both indoor and outdoor work environments.

Employers must take precautions this summer and know the risks of working in heat and/or air pollution and protect worker health and safety.

Over the 10 years from 2009-10 to 2018-19p, there were 1,774 workers’ compensation claims resulting from working in heat.

  • 1,679 of these claims were from working in the sun
    • 940 of these claims were cancer-related
    • 441 of these were claims regarding heat stroke or heat stress
  • 95 of these claims were from working in hot indoor conditions

Access and download our working in heat resources

Contact your WHS regulator for guidelines specific to your jurisdiction.

Access and download our air pollution/bushfire smoke resources

Contact your WHS regulator for guidelines specific to your jurisdiction.

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