From 1 January 2012 the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) has effect in the ACT, replacing the Work Safety Act 2008. The information on this page is in the process of being updated to reflect the new WHS Act. Click here for further information on the WHS Act.
Working in hot conditions, such as bakeries and kitchens, can lead to heat stress, especially if there is a low level of air movement or poor ventilation.
When working in a hot environment, the body needs to disperse heat more effectively. A person not used to working in hot conditions can react differently to someone who is. This can lead to heat-related illnesses such as headaches, weakness, nausea and vomiting.
Refer also to the guidance on Working Outdoors, and Thermal Comfort - Working in Hot or Cold Environments elsewhere on this site.