Summer's here, and with it comes high temperatures and the dangers associated with overexposure to heat. Every year, thousands of workers go to the emergency room suffering from heat-related illness, and unfortunately, some die. It's critical that you and your workers understand the risks of heat stress and how to protect against them.
Several factors lead to the onset of heat stress, including high temperatures and humidity, physical exertion, and insufficient water intake. Heat stress can affect individuals in different ways.
Typical symptoms of heat stress include:
Heat stroke is the most severe type of heat stress and can result in death if not detected and treated early.
To protect workers in hot environments, OSHA recommends that you take these essential actions:
Replacing electrolytes and minerals lost while sweating is also an essential part of fighting off the effects of heat stress. Providing your workers with electrolyte replacement drinks or tablets, will help keep them hydrated, healthy, and safe.
The combination of heat, humidity, and people can be deadly. With the proper training and proper precautions to prevent heat-related illness, you can protect your health and the health of your co-workers
Sources: HSE, Daily Safety Advisor