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Heat Stress

2nd February 2018

Residents are reminded to be vigilant regarding the effects of heat exhaustion and heat stress. Adverse effects from heat can happen to anyone and without warning.

A heat related illness can result from these contributing factors:

  • wearing high levels of personal protective equipment
  • heat from extremely hot or molten material
  • sunshine (e.g. outdoor work such as construction, road repair and agriculture)
  • high humidity (e.g. laundries, restaurant and kitchens)
  • internal body heat (e.g. from heavy manual work, exercising)

The way heat affects people varies from person to person and is influenced by general health, body weight, age and fitness levels.

During particularly hot days, people working in the heat are reminded to stay hydrated, seek shade when possible and look out for others who may become affected by heat exhaustion or heat stress.

For more information regarding Working in the Heat please visit the Worksafe Queensland website, Heat Stress page.

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