Dina Fergadiotis - HR Advisor
The hot weather is just around the corner and of course that can mean excessively hot work environments for some employees, especially those working onsite, in factories and in warehouses. Excessive heat has potential to cause a significant safety hazard in work places that can lead to symptoms such skin irritations, dizziness, dehydration, excessive sweating, heat stroke or, in the extreme, death.
So how do you protect your employees while balancing the needs of your business?
IT’S HEATING UP
There is no law in Victoria regarding limitations for working in temperatures however several industries and EBA’s stipulate that 35°C is considered the limit of high temperate tolerance for workers and thus, when temperatures reach this level in some work environments employers may choose to stop work and send their employees home.
All employers have a legal obligation to provide all employees with a safe work environment. In the interest of being our usual creative selves, we have some options that might be helpful to your business! These strategies are designed to help site, warehouse and factory workers keep their core body temperatures cool and working in an environment that minimises any risk to their health whilst maintaining a high level of productivity.
KEEPING IT COOL
Most of these strategies are low cost, will keep your employees safe and will ensure there is limited impact to productivity on hot days – what’s not to love? Additionally, your employees will appreciate that you care about them – and that goes a long way in keeping and engaging great employees.
If you would like any additional advice or information regarding management of extreme weather conditions, please contact us via email or call for a chat with one of our team.