‘I’d lost 8kg in sweat’: new report highlights the dangers of working in high heat

Posted by on September 22, 2021 1:31 pm
Categories: Global Stories

The use of extra PPE since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated heat-related issues, significantly affecting those in menial roles

The Covid-19 pandemic and the necessity of wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) has increased the effects of heat stress on workers in a range of low-wage industries, a new report has found.

Researchers from University of Technology’s Climate Justice Research Centre surveyed 795 workers nationally about their experiences working in and managing high heat, including during the 2019-2020 bushfires and since the onset of the pandemic.

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