Guide for managing the risks of working in heat



This guide provides information on how to manage the risks associated with working in heat and what to do if a worker begins to suffer from a heat-related illness.


People in control of the workplace, such as managers and supervisors, and workers all have duties under WHS laws to manage risks to worker health and safety, such as those associated with working in heat.

This guide is useful for employers and workers in the transport, postal/warehousing, construction and public administration and safety industries, as well as labourers and protective service workers.

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Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s heat stress basic calculator

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Publication date

8 Dec 2017

Modified date

20 Oct 2021

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~sSafe Work Australia, 28 October 2021