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Working in hot temperatures

This photograph shows bottles at a recycling bank. The bottles are being heat treated. A powerful flame is visible and the bottles are read hot.

Working in the hot summer months can be uncomfortable. Hot temperatures can contribute to reduced efficiency in job performance, more mistakes being made, the accelerated onset of fatigue, and a higher potential for serious harm.

Working in hot temperatures will affect different people in different ways – problems may include:

Improving comfort during hot weather

In many work environments it may not be possible to control uncomfortable temperatures, especially for outdoor work. But there are some useful tips for managing the negative effects of hot temperatures during your working day.

Employers have to provide and maintain a safe working environment and should make sure employees have adequate protection while working in hot temperatures.

Read more about working in temperatures on the Department of Labour’s health and safety website