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High Temperatures Prompt Heat Stress Alert

With temperatures in the high twenties to low thirties forecast to continue this week throughout the region, WorkSafeBC is alerting employers and workers of the increased risk of developing symptoms of heat stress and heat stroke.
“Workers in the forestry, construction and transportation industries made up the majority of the 27 time-loss claims we had in B.C. last year,” says Bruce Clarke, WorkSafeBC’s Regional Prevention Manager in Prince George.
“But it’s important to keep in mind that anyone working outdoors is potentially at risk.”

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
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