Working as much as you do, it’s inevitable that there are days when you’ll be exposed to high temperatures. You’re often working outside in the sun, and you know that there is a risk that you could get sick as a result.
Heat stress is a concern for workers like yourself, so it’s something you should be able to recognize. Do you know how? Here are a few tips on recognizing heat stress and treating it in the workplace.
How can you recognize heat stress?
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health states that some common signs of heat stress include:
- An inability to sweat
Heat stress can lead to a few different conditions. Some include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat syncope and heat rash. Any of these illnesses can be dangerous and should be taken seriously. Additionally, you and other staff members should remember the danger of sun poisoning, which could happen if you get severe sunburns.
How can you treat heat stress-related illnesses?
The first thing to do is to get the person into a cool, shaded area, a cool bath or an air-conditioned room or vehicle. This will help start to lower their body temperature. You can also provide them with room-temperature water. Use this room-temperature water so that the body doesn’t have to work to warm it.
While this is happening, call 911. Your coworker needs immediate treatment. Even if it later turns out that this is an overreaction, it’s better to be safe than sorry when you’re dealing with heat illnesses. If you or a coworker end up in the hospital due to heat sickness, then workers’ compensation should help cover the expenses.