Workers are being urged to prevent heat stress this summer by taking breaks, drinking plenty of water and limiting time in the sun, as part of WorkCover NSW's heat awareness campaign.
The risks of heat stress can be deadly, said general manager of WorkCover's Work Health and Safety Division John Watson, who said that it has resulted in a number of fatalities in the state.
"Fatigue and heat stress can affect a worker’s health, reducing their performance and productivity, and increasing the chance of a workplace injury through reduced ability to concentrate, recognise risks and communicate effectively," Mr Watson said.
"In the three years to July 2011 there were 497 claims for workplace fatigue and heat stroke at a cost of $4.3 million to the NSW Workers Compensation Scheme."
Mr Watson added that Australia is currently experiencing the hottest months of the year, which is why they were urging workers to stay hydrated during the sweltering hours of the day.
"Every worker should come home safely at the end of the working day and through this campaign we hope to prevent further workplace injuries and fatalities from heat stress this summer," Mr Watson said.
You can further help your employees to look after their wellbeing by implementing a corporate health plan in your workplace.
A business health insurance plan can help to ensure your staff get the appropriate treatment and care for their medical needs.