Heatwave Conditions: Keep Workers And The Workplace Safe

With temperatures set to get close to 40C in central parts of Queensland this week, it’s important to consider how heat can be a hazard in many different workplaces.

The construction industry in particular is prone to the effects of our hot, tropical climate.

The summer months of December, January and February can pose the greatest risk to construction workers who work outdoors in hot conditions. Heat stress is a big risk in these conditions, so management of exposure is really important.

According to Safe Work Australia, working in heat is a common cause of harm among Australian workers.

Heat stress can cause:

  • Fainting
  • Cramps
  • Exhaustion
  • Stroke

As a person conducting a business or undertaking, there is a duty to keep workers and a workplace safe from the risks of working in heat. 

The human body needs to maintain a normal temperature to be healthy. Workers may suffer from heat-related illness if the body has to work too hard to keep cool or starts to overheat. 

A risk assessment of the construction site can help determine: 

  • The severity and likelihood of the risk 
  • Whether existing control measures are effective
  • What action you should take to control the risk
  • How urgently you need to take action.

Eliminating the risks associated with working in heat is possible by undertaking activities like cancelling specific work tasks, rescheduling tasks to cooler parts of the day or waiting for hot conditions to pass. 

How do you know when the risk of heat is too high?

neXtrack is a new end-to-end digital solution for hazard control and real-time compliance monitoring.

The platform helps builders, subcontractors and workers in the construction industry to identify, manage and report on a range of hazards like heat, ensuring every site is a healthy site.

When it comes to heat, neXtrack collects information from sensors and determines whether levels are within parameters. A ‘traffic light system’ displaying green, yellow, red is indicative of the risk level.

When temperatures exceed a threshold, neXtrack can alert you so you can take necessary action.

To find out more about how you can LIVE LARGE with neXtrack, please REGISTER HERE