Working Outdoors & in Isolation

DO NOT proceed in this operation unless appropriately instructed in its safe use and operation and permission to operate has been given.


  1. Check and assess the prevailing weather conditions for the worksite and the work to be carried out. Do not work outdoors when electrical storms are forecast or present.
  2. Wear long sleeve shirt, long trousers, farm work boots and a hat for outside work.
  3. Ensure you are protected from any UV exposure with proper sunscreen, hat, clothing and sunglasses. Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap.
  4. Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required for allocated work or as described in relevant SOP.
  5. Take enough food and water (at least 2 litres) with you for the work allocated and time working outside.
  6. Check communication equipment (phones, UHF – if applicable) and that batteries are charged and working.
  7. Let your supervisor or manager know where you are going and what time you will be back at the office or home.
  8. Ensure there is access to a First Aid kit to deal with cuts and lacerations.
  9. Ensure tetanus and Q-fever immunisation are up to date.


  1. DO NOT climb, work at height, in a Confined Space or use a Chainsaw without a bystander present and without required training and competencies. Inspect the worksite when setting up for allocated work. Ensure the area is clear of overhead powerlines, trip and fall hazards, old fence lines or other hazards.
  2. Look for snakes, feral animals and dangerous insects at appropriate times of the year.
  3. If it is hot:
    • Wear long trousers and long sleeve shirts.
    • Use SPF 30+ sunblock.
    • Wear an appropriate hat.
    • Utilise natural and artificial shade.
    • Wear approved sun glasses.
    • Take sufficient drinking water (at least 2 litres) with you.
    • Plan activities to minimise heat stress.​​
    • Perform heavy work activities at coolest time of day where practicable.
    • Schedule breaks to allow personnel to cool down.
  4. If it is cold:
    • Wear warm clothing.
    • Wear a rain proof coat or jacket/ trouser set when you are likely to get wet.
  5. If working outside and caught by a storm:
    • Return to vehicle or take cover within a building when thunder or electrical storms are imminent; DO NOT work outside within 30 minutes of an electrical storm approaching or passing.
    • Do not shelter under trees, silos or near grain augers.
    • Do not attempt to wade into flooded areas.
    • Do not attempt to drive through flood waters.
  6. Note - At times it will be necessary to work during inclement weather to complete work or make safe for the public. Care needs to be taken during these periods to protect yourself and follow appropriate Safe Work Procedures for the task.

Version 1.0 - created 29 April 2022 Document type: SWP