Heat stress management in mining, a sector highly exposed to hot climate conditions and the threats of climate change, is benefitting from the use of advanced technologies. Experts from the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists discuss the development.
WorkSafe Western Australia has cautioned employees against the risk of heat stress, or the more serious heat stroke, as the state prepares for temperatures of 43 degrees Celsius.
Deloitte has recognised heat stress as a top concern of climate change as it sets to impact workers’ health, safety and ability to perform tasks.
Hot work processes, strenuous physical exertion and radiant heat from hot surfaces are key risk factors for employees working in extreme temperatures.
In anticipation of the coming few months’ hot season – during which workplace accidents are found to be highest – workers can adopt a set of strategies to avoid heat stress in their work environment.