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Extreme weather and heat stress

Queensland is no stranger to extreme heat and sometimes it’s easy to be complacent – unfortunately, that complacency can have dire consequences.

Parts of the sunshine state can soar past 40 degrees and businesses need to have plans in place to keep workers safe from heat related illnesses.

In recent weeks, several reports have been received by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland involving heat stress.

In any situation where temperatures are high, a range of factors need to be considered including individual risk, environmental risk, and the nature of the work. Clothing, PPE, hydration, as well as medical and fitness considerations, also need to be factored into risk planning.

Further information

For more information on meeting heat-related obligations: