EL NIÑO TRIGGERS WARNING: PUT MINING WORKERS' SAFETY FIRST

Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) has issued guidelines to minimize heat stress at mine sites as Australia enters an El Niño weather event, putting mining workers are at risk as extreme temperature shifts risk heat exposure.

The guidelines cover reducing radiant heat sources, ensuring access to water and ice machines, using mechanical aids to reduce physical exertion, and planning for acclimatization for workers returning from extended absences.

RSHQ emphasizes the importance of addressing heat stress to protect workers' health with bosses advised to provide regular rest breaks in cool areas, use portable shades in remote locations, install fans for air movement, reschedule high physical work to cooler times, and choose ventilated clothing.

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