Thursday, October 24, 2013

PREVENTING HEAT STRESS DURING SUMMERTIME

During summertime, most of the workers working at constructions sites or any other outdoor operations are exposed to extreme heat direct from the sun, high air temperatures and high humidity and this will increase the risk of heat-related illness. The most common symptoms of heat stress are Dehydration, Fainting, Headache, Fatigue, Dizziness, Muscle Cramps and Nausea and the most serious disorder associated with heat stress is the HEAT STROKE. Heat stroke shall require immediate action and medical attention because the same can result in fatal or death.




HOW TO PREVENT HEAT STRESS? Consider this effective steps, tips & guidelines mentioned below:
  • Provide proper ventilation, air conditioning and cooling fans on the working area.
  • Must have an emergency plan (specifying what action to be done if a worker has signs of heat stress) and medical service available and ready.
  • Provide adequate potable water (for drinking purpose only) close to the vicinity or working area.
  • Wear light colored, loose fitting and breathable clothing such as cotton. 
  • For heavy work task - schedule on early start or during the coolest part of the day.
  • Take more breaks in extreme heat and humidity for about 5 to 10 minutes break every hour.
  • During breaks, take rest on a shaded area or cool area whenever possible.
  • Each worker is required to bring him always a bottle or container full of water to drink throughout the working day.

  • Drink small amount of water frequently so you won't become thirsty.
  • Monitor each others physical condition (e.g you and your co-workers) for symptoms or signs of heat-related illness and if anyone who is developing or affected, give immediately attention and first aid.
"ACTING QUICKLY CAN SAVE LIVES!!!"


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