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Posted On: 17 June 2021 11:38 am
Updated On: 17 June 2021 11:48 am

How to prevent heat illness at work?

Vrinda Abilash
Vrinda Abilash
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The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), in a Tweet, outlined the steps to prevent health illness at work. MoPH mentioned that both outdoor and indoor heat exposure can be dangerous.

As per MoPH, the following are:

The ways to protect yourself and others

Ease Into Work

  • New and returning workers need to build a tolerance to heat (acclimatize) and take frequent breaks.
  • Follow the 20% Rule. On the first day, work no more than 20% of the shift's duration at full intensity in the heat. Increase the duration of time at full intensity by no more than 20% a day until workers are used to working in the heat.

Drink Cool Water

  • Drink cool water even if you are not thirsty-at least cup every 20 minutes.

Take Rest Breaks

  • Take enough time to recover from heat given the temperature, humidity, and conditions.

Find Shade or a Cool Area

  • Take breaks in a designated shady or cool location.

Dress for the Heat

  • Wear a hat and light-colored, loose-fitting, and breathable clothing if possible.

Watch Out for Each Other

  • Monitor yourself and others for signs of heat illness.

If Wearing a Face Covering

  • Change your face covering if it gets wet or soiled. Verbally check on others frequently.

First aid for heat illness

The following are signs of a medical emergency:

  • Abnormal thinking or behavior
  • Slurred speech
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

- Call 999 immediately.
- Cool the worker right away with water or ice.
- Stay with the worker until help arrives.

Watch for any other signs of heat illness and act quickly. When in doubt, call 999.

If a worker experiences:

  • Headache or nausea
  • Weakness or dizziness
  • Heavy sweating or hot, dry skin
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Thirst
  • Decreased urine output

Take these actions:

  • Give water to drink.
  • Move to a cooler area.
  • Cool with water, ice, or a fan.
  • Seek medical care if needed.
  • Remove unnecessary clothing.

Source: MoPH
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