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Bite-Size H&S - Extreme Weather Risks

Published: December 7, 2023

Employsure Health and Safety Adviser, Jennifer Foster, walks us through how to manage the risks extreme weather can pose to your business.

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Hi, I'm Jennifer Foster,

one of your Health and Safety Advisers

here at Employsure.

Being prepared for hazardous weather

or a natural disaster

is not only good business,

but it also can mean the difference

between shutting down

for a few days or never reopening again.

Businesses are obliged

under health and safety laws

to have measures in place

to manage the risks to heath and safety

caused by hazardous weather conditions.

This can include:

Extreme heat above 35 degrees,

damaging storms

with lightning

and high winds,

heavy rains,

which can cause flooding,

property damage and road closures

which interrupts business activities.

Prepare an emergency plan

specific to your business

in consultation

with your local emergency services

and your workers.

Keep in mind,

workers may need

certain arrangements in place

to get to their children in an emergency.

Ensure you have effective ways

to communicate with your workers.

A satellite phone

or an emergency app

installed on a smartphone

can help mobile or

isolated workers

contact emergency services.

Reach out to our

Health and Safety Advice team

on 1300 651 415,

so that we can help you prepare

for the season ahead.

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