Heat

Working in heat can affect the body by not allowing it to sufficiently cool itself. Factors that contribute include

  • temperature
  • humidity
  • amount of air movement
  • clothing
  • physical activity.

Heat illness covers a range of medical conditions which can include

  • heat stroke
  • fainting
  • heat exhaustion
  • heat cramps
  • rashes
  • fatigue.

Resources

See Managing the Work Environment and Facilities on our Code of Practice page.

See Safe Work Australia's guidance for managing the risks of working in heat, including first aid and a practical checklist.

See WorkCover Queensland information about heat stress, including a video of its devastating consequences.

Working in heat handbook (pdf, 415.7 KB)