The state’s peak union body is calling for co-operation to beat the heat in the states workplaces, ahead of todays expected heat wave.

 

Unions NSW Acting Secretary Chris Christodoulou said today that heat exhaustion was a very real workplace health and safety risk in extreme temperatures, particularly for those working outside or in a factory environment where there is poor ventilation.

 

“Employers need to provide workers with relief from the heat today if their workplace gets too hot.”

 

“Rehydration and regular access to shaded and less hot areas are also critical.”

 

“Some unions in industries very exposed to extreme heat such as construction, will be on site and busy today, ensuring their memberships are not exposed to unreasonable and unsafe working conditions.”

 

“If the temperature today gets over 40 degrees as anticipated, common sense and caution will be required in workplaces across the state to beat the heat together.”

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