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WorkCover NSW is reminding businesses and workers to take necessary precautions to prevent fatigue and heat stroke as the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicted hot weather conditions across NSW in the next few days.

WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division General Manager, John Watson said the BOM was predicting day time temperatures in the low to high 30Cs for the next 2 days in some areas.

“Businesses and workers, especially those working in heat-related conditions, need to be vigilant to the risks of working in high temperatures,” said Mr Watson.

“Fatigue and heat stress can affect a worker’s health, reducing their performance and productivity, and increasing the chance of a workplace injury through the reduced ability to concentrate, recognise risks and communicate effectively.

“Businesses and workers should work in partnership to protect themselves from the effects of working in heat.

Mr Watson recommended re-scheduling work to cooler times of the day to avoid heat stress.

“If it is not possible, ensure workers have access to plain drinking water, at least 200mL every 15-20 minutes, shaded rest areas and frequent rest breaks.”

He said heat-related illnesses can cause death.

“In the three years to July 2011, there were 497 claims for workplace fatigue and heat stroke at a cost of $4.3 million,” he said.

“Common heat illness symptoms may include nausea, dizziness, general weakness and collapse. If you or your workers show any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical assistance.”

WorkCover NSW recommends the following actions to reduce workers’ heat exposure and prevent fatigue:



Prevent fatigue & heat stroke in hot weather (safetyculture.com.au 12.55am 10/10/13)

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