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.


See the Managing the Work Environment and Facilities code of practice.

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)