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Collaborative Centre in OHS
Thebarton Campus
28 Anderson Street, Thebarton
The University of Adelaide
SA 5031

Telephone: +61 8 8313 4957
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 4955

Welcome to the ARC-funded Heat and Work Injury Project

Welcome to the website for research on "Understanding and Preventing Injuries in Hot Working Conditions."

About the project

While we know a lot about heat-induced illness in workers, we know less about injuries that occur in hot weather. These may arise for a number of reasons including loss of concentration, sweaty hands, solar glare, hot surfaces or accumulated fatigue.

The aims of this research project are to: (1) Examine the relationship between hot weather and workplace injury, and the influencing factors; (2) explore stakeholder perceptions; and (3) improve policies and facilitate resources to aid in the prevention of heat-related injury.

This national project is funded by the Australian Research Council and is being conducted by the University of Adelaide, in cooperation with Queensland University of Technology, Monash University, the University of Western Australia, SafeWork SA, SA Health and Safe Work Australia.

Your participation

There are several aspects to the research and we welcome your input if have an interest in occupational health and safety and/or have experience working in hot conditions. If you would like to be part of the project you can contribute in a number of ways. Participants and their organisations can be assured of confidentiality and will not be identified.

We value your opinion and experiences.


Please read the information sheet before proceeding.

If health and safety is your full time responsibility (e.g. Consultant, Inspector, Safety Manager, Trainer) please click here

15-20 minutes to complete. Questions are centred on heat-associated risks, experiences of injuries, and implications for productivity loss in workplaces you currently visit.

If health and safety is a part time responsibility (e.g. Health and Safety representative, union official, site supervisor) please click here.

10-15 minutes to complete. Questions are about heat-associated risks, experiences of injuries, and implications for productivity loss in your organisation

If you have worked in hot conditions and would like to share your views on preventing injuries in the heat, you can complete a brief (5 minute) survey.  This survey can be accessed here


If you have had an injury in the heat your experience would be valuable to the research. We invite you to participate in a face-to-face or telephone interview lasting 30-60 minutes, for which you receive a $50 gift voucher. To read necessary information about confidentiality, the risks and benefits associated with being involved, and what to do if you have any concerns about the project, click here

If you would like to organise an interview, please contact Alana Hansen, 08 8313 1043 or

Thank you