Heatwave conditions are forecast for much of the Northern Territory over the next few days. Severe to extreme conditions are expected for large parts of the Territory over the weekend.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s Heatwave Service provides heatwave assessments and forecast updates. NT WorkSafe is advising businesses and workers to take the necessary action to prevent heat stress and other heat related problems at work.
Heat related illnesses range from heat rashes, heat cramps and dehydration to heat exhaustion and heat stroke which can be fatal.
Symptoms of heat related illnesses can include:
- excessive sweating,
- muscle cramps,
- nausea and vomiting.
Some safety tips to help guard against heat related illness include:
- Drink water regularly.
- Use shade protection, a hat and sun screen.
- Check your personal protective equipment is appropriate for the type of work being done and the amount of sun you are exposed to.
- Schedule work to avoid the hottest part of the day.
- Share the workload.
The following information can assist businesses and workers heat stress and other heat related problems.
- Electric shock hazards associated with excessive sweating whilst using mains powered tools
- Safe storage of aerosol spray cans
- Managing the work environment and facilities - Code of Practice
- Working in heat - Information bulletin
- Heat stress – Department of Health information
- Guide for managing the risks of working in heat – Safe Work Australia