Traders have been warned to stop work and ask for longer breaks if temperatures drop to 1C.
Outdoor workers ‘should be sidelined on full pay’ if it’s this cold, according to health and safety guidelines from the Victorian Trades Hall Council.
They are also encouraged to take longer breaks of up to 30 minutes per hour when temperatures drop below 9°C.
The guidelines could apply to thousands of workers in the coming days as below-average temperatures, showers, damaging winds and snow batter parts of Australia.
Traders have been warned to stop work and ask for longer breaks if temperatures drop to 1C
The guidelines could apply to thousands of workers in the coming days as below-average temperatures, showers, damaging winds and snow batter Australia’s east coast.
According to OHS guidelines, tradespeople should have half-hour breaks every hour between 4C and 1C, 20-minutes break between 7C and 4C and ten minutes between 9C and 7C.
Bosses must “eliminate exposure to extreme cold” by providing heating, shelter and waterproof clothing to their employees, according to Safe Work Australia.
Workers should be given time to acclimate to the cold with shift rotations, state guidelines say.
Melbourne has been told to calm down this week as maximum temperatures drop over the next nine days, three degrees below what is usually recorded.
Freezing winds will keep temperatures low with heavy gusts recorded Sunday, including 111 km/h at Mount Fuller and 107 km/h at Falls Creek.
Minimum temperatures in the eastern states will drop “a bit” below average to bring frosty mornings of just two to three degrees.
Showers could fall in western Sydney on Monday morning but clear hours later as residents are hit by winds reminiscent of icy gusts last week.
Outdoor workers ‘should be put away on full pay’ if it’s this cold, according to health and safety guidelines from the Victorian Trades Hall Council
Workers must be given time to acclimatize to the cold with work rotations, according to national guidelines (stock image)
Working in the Cold: Health and Safety Recommendations for Employers
Outdoor work in cold weather should be sheltered, screened and heated with hot air fans if possible.
If the environment cannot be effectively controlled, implementation of an appropriate work/rest regime: for example, paid rest breaks of ten minutes per hour for temperatures between 9C and 7C, 20 minutes per hour for temperatures between 7 and 4C, and thirty minutes per hour for temperatures between 4C and 1C.
(An air temperature of 1°C should be considered the minimum acceptable for normal work. When the temperature reaches this point, workers should be paid full time.)
Workers required to carry out work in intentionally cold environments below 1°C – freezers for example – must be equipped with appropriate protective clothing and the time they work in such environments must be kept to a minimum.
Rest rooms or heated shelters should be provided so that these workers can get temporary relief from the cold. Supply of hot drinks.
Protection of extremities by use of appropriate protective clothing, including gloves, insulated boots or vapor barriers and face masks if necessary.
Provision of hot air jets, radiant heaters and appropriate types of gloves and mitts to keep hands warm and maintain manual dexterity.
Insulation or replacement of metal handles and control bars to reduce conductive heat loss.
Source: Occupational Health and Safety
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts alpine resorts will receive up to 50-100cm of snow in the coming days with residents of Hazelgrove near Oberon, New South Wales waking up to snow on Wednesday.
Tasmania is expected to be hit with gusty showers and potential thunderstorms as a cold front moves through Bass Strait.
Bush walkers were warned that snow would fall to around 700m over the central plateau and western districts on Monday afternoon and evening.
“Ski resorts are expected to get another good dose of snow over the next few days as a cold front moves across the southeast bringing a very cold air mass and lots of moisture,” Weatherzone predicted.
“Snowfall is expected to be heaviest on Sunday and Monday, with lighter falls expected over the next few days.”
Residents of Hazelgrove near Oberon in New South Wales woke up to snow on Wednesday (pictured)
The office predicts the Australian Alps will receive up to 50-100cm of snow in the coming days (pictured, snow in Oberon, 180km west of Sydney, on Wednesday)
Melbourne has been urged to calm down this week as maximum temperatures drop over the next nine days, three degrees below what is usually recorded
Weatherzone forecaster Angus Konta said a low pressure system is expected to bring “fairly strong” winds as it crosses southern Tasmania.
Wednesday is expected to be the coldest day in Sydney this week with temperatures reaching a high of 15C.
Snow is likely to fall in the alpine regions of southern New South Wales and possibly for Victoria as temperatures drop below freezing.
Adelaide will have cooler mornings this week with temperatures expected to drop below 10C each morning.
Southwesterly winds and cloud cover will keep temperatures around 18C each day.
Canberrans are expected to brace for a ‘fairly cold’ week with snow starting to fall in the south and west on Sunday and continuing on Monday.
5-DAY WEATHER FORECAST
Monday: windy. Quite sunny. Min 11 Max 17
Tuesday: Fairly sunny. Min 8 Max 16
Wednesday: Fairly sunny. Min 7 Max 15
Thursday: Rather sunny. Min 6 Max 17
Friday: Fairly sunny. Min 7 Max 16
Monday: Occasional rain, easing. Min 15 Max 20
Tuesday: Sunny. Min 10 Max 19
Wednesday: Sunny. Min 9 Max 19
Thursday: Sunny. Min 7 Max 18
Friday: Sunny. Min 6 Max 18
Monday: Showers. Min 8 Max 14
Tuesday: Decrease in showers. Min 9 Max 14
Wednesday: Shower or two. Min 7 Max 14
Thursday: Shower or two. Min 8 Max 15
Friday: Shower for two. min 8 max 15
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 19
Tuesday: Fairly sunny. Min 7 Max 20
Wednesday: Shower or two in development. Min 9 Max 20
Thursday: Showers. Min 11 Max 21
Friday: Showers. Min 13 Max 22
Monday: Shower or two. Min 8 Max 13
Tuesday: Showers developing. Min 7 Max 11
Wednesday: Shower or two. Min 7 Max 12
Thursday: Showers. Min 7 Max 12
Friday: Showers. Min 8 Max 13
Monday: Weakening showers. Min 3 Max 9
Tuesday: Shower or two. Min 2 Max 9
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min -2 Max 10
Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min -1 Max 11
Friday: Partly cloudy. Min -1 Max 10
Monday: Rather sunny. Min 24 Max 32
Tuesday: Fairly sunny. Min 24 Max 34
Wednesday: Sunny. Min 24 Max 34
Thursday: rather sunny. Min 22 Max 32
Friday: Sunny. Min 19 Max 31
Monday: Showers. Min 5 Max 11
Tuesday: Showers. Min 3 Max9
Wednesday: Shower or two. Min 3 Max 11
Thursday: Shower or two. Min 5 Max 11
Friday: Shower or two. Min 5 Max 12