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7 Ways to Prevent Heat Related Illness in the Workplace

Most heat related health complications can be prevented. The key is knowing how to reduce the chances of heat stress, heat stroke or heat exhaustion. And when you take the appropriate steps, the risk of developing heat induced illnesses can be significantly reduced. So let Western First Aid help you by sharing these seven tips to prevent heat stress in the workplace. [caption id="attachment_30" align="alignnone" width="484"]Cold compresses area a versatile tool for swelling, burns, bites and aches. Especially heat. Cold compresses area a versatile tool for swelling, burns, bites and aches. Especially heat.[/caption]
  1. Ensure a cool work environment by:
    1. Adding air conditioning systems
    2. Increasing general ventilation
    3. Installing cooling fans
    4. Applying insulations in the workplace
  2. Let workers gradually acclimate to the heat
  3. Provide cool drinkable water at the workplace
  4. Encourage workers to hydrate before, during, and after their shifts
  5. Provide strategic cool areas and shade where workers can stay during their breaks
  6. Track weather changes and heat conditions to adjust schedules accordingly
    1. Heavy work earlier or later in the day instead of in the middle of the day when it’s the hottest
  7. Train and educate workers about heat stress and the symptoms
When you follow these steps, you can reduce the chance of your employees experiencing heat related illnesses in your workplace. Since they’re not entirely preventable, be sure to share what to do when they recognize or experience heat stress symptoms and they can likely save a life by providing the right assistance. If you need to know more, ask your friends at Western First Aid and Safety.

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