Watch for the signs of heat stress this summer

With temperatures at record highs this week, small business owners should guard against heat stress in the workplace.

Safety laws require employers to provide a working environment free from hazards including extreme heat so whether your business is outside in the sun or indoors in prolonged heat such as in foundries or factories, there are steps you can take to protect your workers.

Fluid loss can be a killer with workers in extreme heat losing up to a litre of fluid per hour. Such fluid loss can lead to tiredness, irritability, inattention and muscular cramps – all symptoms of heat stress. It can also result in low productivity, workplace injuries, or worse.

For more information see Working safely in the heat - Heat stress