7 Tips to Beat the Heat When Working on Your Feet
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Who is AffectedWorkers exposed to hot and humid conditions are at risk of heat illness, especially those doing heavy work tasks or using bulky protective clothing and equipment. Some temporary labor staff might be at greater risk than others if they have not built up a tolerance to hot conditions. Although outdoor workers in a variety of industries are susceptible to heat illness, those staffed in industries like construction and agriculture are the most vulnerable.
Heat IllnessThe body normally cools itself by sweating, but during hot weather and high humidity, sweating isn't enough. Body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if precautions are not taken. Heat illnesses range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke is the most severe form as it can result in death and requires immediate medical attention.
How can the more common forms of heat illness be prevented among companies and staffing agencies? Remember three simple words: water, rest, shade. Drink water often; take breaks; limit time in the sun or heat. Follow these additional steps to keep yourself cool and safe:
- Wear loose, light-colored clothing and a hat
- Be conscious and prepared for warm conditions especially if performing strenuous tasks
- Take breaks in the shade when possible, and remove any protective gear you may be wearing
- Avoid overexertion during peak temperature hours
- Drink plenty of water even if you dont feel thirsty at least 8 ounces every 20 to 30 minutes
- Use sunscreen and re-apply throughout the day
- Stay away from drinks that contain caffeine (coffee, tea or soda) as they can dehydrate you
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