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Guidance for Working in Heat

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Heat illness covers a range of medical conditions that can arise when the body is unable to properly cope with working in heat. These conditions include:

• heat stroke - a life threatening condition that
requires immediate first aid and medical attention
• fainting
• heat exhaustion
• heat cramps
• rashes (also called ‘prickly heat’)
• heat fatigue
• worsening of pre-existing illnesses and conditions.

There are two articles, the first from WorkSafe Victoria which provides a good guide to managing heat stress and the second is a safety alert on heat stress from Worksafe Queensland.

Heat Stress - Worksafe Victoria

Heat Stress Alert - Worksafe Queensland


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