Risk of heat stress

Risk of heat stress


Workers exposed to extreme heat or working in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Exposure to extreme heat can cause occupational diseases and injuries. Heat stress can cause heat stroke, enthusiasm or heat rash in workers. Heat can also increase the risk of worker injury as it can cause sweating of the palms, aerosolizing safety glasses and dizziness. Burns can also occur due to accidental contact with hot surfaces or steam.


Workers at risk of heat stress include outdoor workers and workers in hot environments such as firefighters, bread workers, farmers, construction workers, miners, boiler house workers, factory workers, etc. Workers at higher risk of heat stress include those 65 years of age or older who are overweight, have heart disease or high blood pressure, or take medications that may be affected by extreme heat.


Preventing workers' heat stress is important. Employers should provide training to workers to understand what heat stress is, how it affects their health and safety, and how to prevent it.