The SIA alerts all members and employers to the dangers of working in the extreme heat predicted for the coming days.
IF YOUR WORKPLACE IS HEAT AFFECTED CONTACT YOUR AWU DELEGATE, HSR OR ORGANISER TO MAKE SURE SAFETY MEASURES ARE IN PLACE TO DEAL WITH THE HIGH TEMPERATURES.
Heat illness can cause a range of problems from life-threatening heat-stroke, through to exhaustion, cramps, fatigue and rashes. Nausea, dizziness or weakness are some of the early symptoms to watch out for. Clumsiness, collapse and convulsions can follow. If any of these symptoms are apparent, or if a pre-existing medical condition worsens, seek medical help immediately.
Workers should have access to cool water, shelter and appropriate protective clothing. Additional rest breaks should be taken as necessary and strenuous tasks should be rescheduled wherever possible.
If you have concerns speak to your HSR, your supervisor and your co-workers immediately. Contact your SIA organiser by ringing 1300 362 298 (from anywhere in Victoria for the price of a local call).