Working in heat

How to prevent heat illness from working outdoors in hot weather, or where heat is generated as part of work.


What it contains

A worker who becomes ill while working in the heat can experience heat stroke, fainting, heat exhaustion, cramps, rashes and fatigue. This document outlines how workplaces can prevent workers from getting heat illness. It explains:

  • the signs and symptoms of heat illness
  • the factors that increase the risk of heat illness
  • how to control the risk of heat illness
  • how to prevent heat illness
  • other problems that working in hot conditions may cause
  • what heat discomfort is, and how to manage it