Employers need to be aware of their responsibilities regarding working in high temperatures for both indoor and outdoor work, or risk possible compensation claims! technically there is no law stating a specific temperature employers should send staff home BUT Health and Safety laws do state that employers need to provide a safe working environment without risks to health and safety. Would you consider working in direct sunlight under 40○ heat a safe environment for workers health? Or crammed in an office with no air-conditioning during a heat wave? Victorian Work cover Authority Health and safety director Jarrod Edwards states “Workers need to look out for each other”.
There are Personal protective products that can help reduce the risk in these high temperatures including sunscreen, wide brim hats, long sleeve breathable garments but it is the upmost important thing to keep hydrated to reduce the risk of heat stroke.