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Published: 21 Jan 2016
CFMEU EBAs state that workers will stop work and leave site when the temperature reaches 35 degrees.
The temperature is measured at the nearest Bureau of Meteorology weather station to the work site. For info see www.bom.gov.au/vic/observations/melbourne.shtml
OHS reps should not wait until the temperature reaches 35° to act. Clause 35.9.2 of the EBA calls on reps to consult with management when the temperature is expected to reach 35° .
The agreement also states: At temperatures below 35°C workers are to be relocated out of direct sunlight where the work environment creates a serious risk to their health and safety.
Matters for consideration include:
Employers must provide
Healthy Work Tips for Hot Weather
Signs and symptoms of heat illness include feeling sick, nauseous, dizzy or weak. Clumsiness, collapse and convulsions can also be the result of heat illness. Employees with these signs or symptoms need to seek immediate medical attention.
(Information from Worksafe Victoria and WA)