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Workers in many industries and climates are exposed to occupational environments that potentially cause heat illness.

Conditions that contribute to heat disorders, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion are not only present during hot summer months. Surveys have shown that in some outdoor workplaces more than 80% of workers have experienced at least one heat related symptom over a period of twelve months. According to studies these worker’s core temperatures reach levels that suggest a high potential for heat related illness to occur, even during cooler periods.

Although scientific studies have revealed that dehydration is the single greatest factor in regard to heat illness, other factors are vitally important too. Defining what constitutes a desirable or acceptable upper limit climate that people should be expected to work in, is not possible without environmental monitoring and the consideration of all other factors that contribute to heat stress.

Our ‘Working in Heat’ workshop focuses on how to perform a valid heat stress assessments, the adverse short and long term health effects of heat exposure and preventative interventions.

Who should attend:
  • OHS Professionals
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Workers

Stay cool in the heat!

Our heat stress training course is based on scientific research, easy to understand, short, precise and practical, applicable to any work situation, enhances productivity, and protects the health of workers. This course provides all you need to know about safely working in heat.


Course Details

Course duration: 1 day

Objectives:

  • To provide participants with leading-edge knowledge to work safely in hot conditions
  • To enable those with managerial responsibilities for health and safety to implement best practice ‘Working in Heat’ protocols
  • To improve productivity and well-being of workers required to operate in hot environments
  • To assist organisations and individuals to comply with legislative requirements

Course content:
Legislation, guidelines, standards, the thermo regulatory system, health effects of heat illness, heat stress risk factors, managing hot environments, thermal work limits, operating heat stress monitor devices, work rest cycling, hydration maintenance & testing, incident management, health monitoring.

Background:
The purpose of this course is to address gaps that currently exist in many workplaces to efficiently manage hot work environments. Heat monitoring technology has just become affordable, even for small organisations, and can be integrated in day to day on-site health and safety management.

'Working in Heat' is based on research conducted by Dr.Graham Bates, Medical Physiologist, Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, Curtin University Perth and Senior Lecturer, University of Otago, Department of Occupational Medicine, New Zealand. Graham is an internationally recognised expert in thermal physiology and environmental ergonomics. He has published many papers in leading medical and occupational health journals.