As one in charge on the factory floor it is important to know all about heat stress. It happens when the core body temperature spikes. It is a common condition in factories because air circulation is limited, safety gear can be heavy and constricting and workers get dehydrated. If not taken care of in a timely manner heat stress can be dangerous – it can lead to other much more serious and permanent conditions. The first step to educating yourself about heat stress is o know what its symptoms are. Here is what to look out for:
• Headaches – they will start off as mild and then become more severe.
• One will experience dizziness and confusion which can be especially dangerous on the factory floor where there is a lot of potentially dangerous equipment.
• A general feeling of sickness.
• Feelings of extreme heat which are eventually followed by excessive sweating.
• The skin will develop a mild red rash and will look cracked and dry.
• One will feel intense thirst.
• They will eventually collapse.
If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or anyone around you it is important to take immediate steps. Take all excess clothing off and get the person to a cool place with lots of fresh, cool air. Start to rehydrate immediately but make sure that water is taken in small sips. You can pour some cool water on the skin to cool the body faster. If the heat stress sis excessive dip the person in a tub of cold water and get them to the emergency room as soon as possible.
One way to get ahead of heat stress is to wear a heat stress monitor. It is a great device not just for factory workers but also for athletes and anyone else who works in hot conditions. Contact Equivital for a demonstration – they have some of the best in the market, and you can see them on http://www.equivital.co.uk/.