Heat stress occurs when your internal temperature increases faster than the body can cool itself.
Symptoms include excess sweating, dizziness, and nausea.
If not addressed quickly, additional symptoms such as heat cramps, or potentially lethal heat stroke can rapidly develop.
Prevention of Heat Stress:
- Drink plenty of water (one glass every 20 minutes)
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabric
- Take rest breaks in a cool well-ventilated area. Allow your body to cool down before restarting your work
- Do the hardest physical work during the coolest part of the day
- Know your personal risk factors: medications, skin disorders, sleep deprivation, poor physical fitness, pre-existing medical conditions
- Know the signs and symptoms