While many Victorians take summer as an opportunity to holiday and relax, many more continue to work through the warmest part of the year, which can pose serious health risks.
Heat can have adverse effects on the body, accelerating dehydration, causing tiredness and in extreme cases, even death.
With the Bureau of Meteorology measuring record breaking temperatures so far this summer, experts say it’s important employers and employees alike understand the importance of working safely in the heat.
All Skills Services managing director, Dale Gollop, said heat can be dangerous and both employers and employees need to keep their eyes open for symptoms of heat related injury.
“At this time of year we’ve got a lot of new, young people who were in school last year and who are now coming into the workforce,” he said.
“Heat affects everyone, but tends to impact younger people and the elderly more often and there are quite a few warning signs to look out for.
“Employers should keep an eye out for headaches, nausea, lack of concentration or focus and irritability. Attention span and problem solving skills can go down the drain pretty quickly in hot conditions.
“Dehydration is probably the biggest issue in my experience, particularly with young workers. Generally, if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. It doesn’t necessarily happen in one day, it can happen over a period of days.
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