The best course of action to avoid the risks associated with hyperthermia in potentially high risk environments is the development of Job Demands Analysis (JDAs). By having a clear and defined understanding of the job demands based on the specific job role, the employer is enabled to address potential risk.
Here are some tips from Horizon OHS that employers can use to help mitigate risk of hyperthermia in the workplace in the short term:
Provide employees with education and resources about health and safety practices and procedures specific to each job role
Provide clothing and equipment that’s been proven safe for the specific job role and environment
Encourage regular breaks for rest and recuperation during shifts
Encourage regular hydrate at levels appropriate for the environment, the work being completed, and the individual
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