Outdoor work

Outdoor workers should have access to shelter for eating meals and taking breaks, and to protect them in adverse weather conditions.

Access to shelter should be provided, for example, using sheds, caravans, tents, windbreaks or portable shade canopies. In some situations, vehicles or public facilities may provide appropriate short-term shelter.

Protection against solar ultraviolet (UV) exposure should also be provided for outdoor workers, for example:

  • reorganising outdoor work if possible so that workers carry out alternative tasks, or work in shade, when the sun is most intense, that is, between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm (11.00 am and 3.00 pm when there is daylight saving)
  • providing personal protective clothing (wide brim hat, long-sleeved collared shirt, long pants, sunglasses) and sunscreen.


See Managing the Work Environment and Facilities code of practice.

Cancer Council Tasmania

Working in Heat safety subject

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