We still have a couple of months left for summer and SafeWork SA is reminding employers with workers that operate outdoors to ensure the risks of heat stress and solar UV radiation are managed.
A concerning report by Skin Health Australia conducted in 2016 found that 65 per cent of workers are not given clothing to protect themselves from sun exposure.
Employers have a duty of care under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012, to appropriately manage workplace risks, including working in the heat and exposed to solar UV radiation.
SafeWork suggests adjusting workloads and schedules, rotating or sharing ‘hot tasks’, increasing rest and hydration breaks and making sure rest areas in shady or cool areas are available.
The work safety authority is also reminding employers to provide employees with the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimise solar UV radiation exposure.
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