Heat Stress Management

Don’t let Heat Stress overwhelm your
staff and affect productivity

Heat stress causes increased blood flow to the skin, which allows release of heat. Blood is diverted to the muscles if physical work is being performed, resulting in a lower release of heat through the skin.

Heat stress in the workplace can affect both the physical well-being of your employees and the productivity of your business. It occurs when the body is unable to cope adequately when working in heat and can result in a number of unpleasant medical conditions including:

An inability to concentrate
Muscle cramps
Heat rash
Severe thirst
Fainting
Heat exhaustion – fatigue, giddiness, nausea
Heat stroke – this is the most severe and can result in death if not detected at an early stage

Lots of different workplaces can be susceptible to heat stress including:

Construction sites
Industrial + manufacturing plants
Confined spaces
Outdoor activities during warmer months
Mines
Plant and boiler rooms

We can measure and assess potential heat stress in the workplace by looking at things such as humidity, radiant temperature, clothing and wet bulb globe temperature. Following this we can recommend risk control measures that may include:

Controlling the temperature using fans or air conditioning
Looking at exposure times
Introducing engineering controls
Appropriate training

JTA’s team of specialists service all Australian cities including Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Hobart, also now servicing New Zealand.

Resources: WorkCover NSW Working in Heat Factsheet and WorkSafe Victoria Working in Heat Guidance Note.

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