Heat stress is a condition that occurs when an individual becomes unable to control their internal temperatures as a result of the heat in the workplace. For some businesses this may only become an issue during the hot summer months when the sun pours in through the windows, but for others such as foundries, bakeries and some manufacturing businesses this can be an issue all year round. It can also be an issue for those working outdoors and employees who wear thick work clothing such as some manual labourers.
It is important that heat stress is noted on a businesses risk assessment if relevant and that staff and first aiders are aware of the signs and symptoms to look out for. Having your staff trained by a First aid at work Tewkesbury company such as https://tidaltrainingdirect.co.uk/training-courses/first-aid-at-work/first-aid-at-work-tewkesbury/ will see them gain knowledge in lots of areas that will help to keep your employees safe at work should they fall ill or have an injury.
Heat stress can cause some of the following symptoms in people:
- Muscle Cramps
- Lack of concentration
- Severe Thirst
- Heat Rash
- Fainting & Dizziness
- Fatigue, nausea and headache associated with heat exhaustion
- Hot skin, confusion, convulsion, loss of consciousness associated with heat stroke.
It is important that if you suspect anyone of having heat exhaustion that you get them relevant medical treatment as soon as possible.