Preventing and Managing Heat Stress
With another scorching Australian summer predicted, it's imperative that measurements are in place to educate and prevent heat stress in employees.
Heat stress related illnesses can be prevented with the correct management program. With another scorching summer predicted for Australia, it is imperative that employers have in place or implement a suitable heat stress education and management program with appropriate breaks, a healthy diet, regular fluid intake and utilisation of appropriate protective clothing to avoid heat stress related illnesses in the workplace.
|Symptoms of Heat Stress|
|Prevention of Heat Stress|
|Stay Hydrated||Drink plenty of water. Also consider fluid and electrolyte replacement solutions such as Aqualyte. Avoid alcohol and drinks with large amounts of caffeine or sugar.|
|Limit Physical Activity||Too much physical activity during a hot day can lead to heat stress. If possible, schedule hot jobs and activities to cooler parts of the day.|
|Acclimatisation||Acclimatise workers by exposing them for progressively longer periods to hot work environments.|
|Avoid Exposure to Heat||Stay out of the sun as much as possible and if you must be outdoors, remember to protect yourself. Don't forget to 'slip, slop, slap'.|
|Keep Your Energy Levels Up||Eat smaller meals more often and cold meals such as salads or similar.|
|Training and Education||Ensure that workers are well educated to recognise symptoms and treat symptoms of heat stress should they arise. In an emergency, call 000 or your local doctor.|
|Monitor Workers and Working Conditions||Monitor your physical condition and that of your coworkers as well as the general environment. Personal and area heat stress monitors are extremely useful to help prevent the onset of heat stress.|
|Stay Cool||Keep air circulating around you. Where possible, use air conditioning. Wet towels and cool showers are also advised to help keep your body temperature down.|
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