08/06/2003

Combating Occupational Heat Stress

Most safety professionals understand the basics of heat stress prevention, such
as the need to drink plenty of fluids and take rest periods. But there is more
that can be done to keep workers safe in hot conditions.

In the July issue of Occupational Health & Safety magazine, consultant Kris
Bancroft discusses other aspects of heat stress prevention including:

- Monitoring the temperature and humidity of the workplace. Knowing what the
current temperature and humidity level are allows supervisors to determine the
heat index, an analog for determining how heat and humidity affect us.

- Paying attention to air currents and composition. Variances in atmospheric
constituents such as oxygen levels, hydrocarbons, particulate and the like can
affect the way the body regulates heat.

- Analyzing the limitations of the workforce. Workers with conditions such as
diabetes or epilepsy may be more susceptible to heat stress.

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