Avoid heat stress in the workplace
15th June 2016
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Heat stress occurs when the body’s means of controlling its internal temperature starts to fail. You and your employees must be aware of how to work safely in heat, the factors that can lead to heat stress, and how to reduce the risk of it occurring.

How does the body react to heat?

The body reacts to heat by increasing the blood flow to the skin’s surface, and by sweating. This results in cooling as sweat evaporates from the body’s surface and heat is carried to the surface of the body from within by the increased blood flow. Heat can also be lost by radiation and convection from the body’s surface.

What are the effects of heat stress?

Heat stress can affect individuals in different ways, and some people are more susceptible to it than others.

Typical symptoms are:

  • an inability to concentrate
  • muscle cramps
  • heat rash
  • severe thirst - a late symptom of heat stress
  • fainting
  • heat exhaustion - fatigue, giddiness, nausea, headache, moist skin
  • heat stroke - hot dry skin, confusion, convulsions and eventual loss of consciousness. This is the most severe disorder and can result in death if not detected at an early stage

How to reduce the risks

It is advisable to reduce the sources of heat where possible and to control the temperature with the use of air conditioning.

ACMS have been providing high quality air conditioning services to customers across Walsall and the West Midlands for over 30 years and have built themselves a fantastic reputation.

Call ACMS on 01922 709 222 for all your commercial, industrial and retail air conditioning requirements, including installations, repairs and maintenance.

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Alex M

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My name is Alex Murray. I am passionate about what goes on in and around Walsall. I hope you find my blog to be interesting and thought provoking. Please feel free to give me your feedback.

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