Did you know?
In Australia a major heatwave can cause more deaths than bushfire, cyclones, earthquakes, floods, and severe storms combined.
Workers in very hot environments can lose up to 1 litre of fluid every hour.
Heat related illnesses include heat rash, dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
How can I prevent heat related illness?
- Stay hydrated. Regularly drink cool water (not ice-cold water) and avoid sugary drinks and caffeine. Be aware of how the colour of your urine can reflect your hydration level. See the image below for more information.
- Stay out of the heat as much as possible
- Adjust work activity times to avoid the heat, such as doing outside work during the cooler part of the day.
- Keep your immediate space cool with circulating air where possible.
- Use sunscreen and take regular breaks
- Keep an eye on your colleagues, sometimes it’s easier to see than to feel.
- Be aware of the UV index for your area and respond appropriately.
- Know and monitor the signs of heat-related illness and act promptly
What are the signs and how can it be treated?
For further information regarding this Safety Alert, please contact EGT on (08) 6241 6100.