Safety Alert 98 - Heat Related Illness

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.


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