As the Australian Defence Force investigates whether it is responsible for starting the bush fire near Lithgow – and the subsequent lose of homes, livestock and bushland – summer is an important time to stop and think about the impact of heat in the workplace.

Regardless of your area of business, now is the time to review your plans and assess whether or not your workers will be safe, your work impacts upon anyone else, and adequate controls are in place. Here are a few questions to consider: Do you work outdoors? If your work…