Taking care during a heatwave

5 months ago

With extreme temperatures expected throughout Summer, we are encouraging all of our employees to stay heat smart and be prepared.

We have plans in place to manage incidents during extreme weather, including advising our customers of conditions and monitoring the transport system for issues. But we also want you to look after yourself during the heat by following these simple tips:

Before and during a heatwave:

  • Drink lots of water (always carry a bottle of water with you as by the time you feel thirsty your body is already dehydrating)
  • Avoid hot or sugary drinks
  • Know how to recognise the early signs of heat stress and take appropriate action: headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, irritability, thirst and heavy sweating
  • Limit physical activity where possible
  • Plan physical work to include extra breaks or job rotation (speak to your manager)
  • Use the slip (wear appropriate clothing that covers the body), slop (apply SPF 30+ broad spectrum sun screen), slap (wear an appropriate wide brim hat), seek (work and rest in the shade where possible) and slide (wear appropriate sunglasses) principles at all times
  • Plan your work journeys and try to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day

After a heatwave:

  • Continue to stay hydrated, even if you do not feel thirsty
  • Continue to check on people who are most at risk

For more information, check out the Bureau of Meteorology's website Link to external site.

And for the latest information on public transport go to transportnsw.info Link to external site and for the most up to date road information, visit livetraffic.com Link to external site or download the Live Traffic app.