Working in a hot environment can cause the body to overheat, this is 'heat stress'. Heat exhaustion can result if fluids are not taken to replace those lost by sweating. In the extreme, heatstroke may occur, and this condition can be fatal.
Precautions should be taken and work regimes adjusted to ensure that deep body temperature is maintained within its required operating range.
Control of Body Heat
Working in a Hot Environment
Symptoms of Heat Stress
Some of these have been mentioned in the preceding text, but will be reiterated here, as they are important. If working in hot and particularly humid conditions you should:- Use fans or other forced air ventilation to aid cooling.
- Work in short periods followed by longer rest periods.
- Transfer casualty to a cool place.
- Remove any heavy, restrictive clothing.
- Give plenty of fluid, to be taken in sips.
- Transfer casualty to a cool place and remove clothing.
- Always seek medical advice, heat stroke can kill!