What Are You Doing to Protect Your Employees from Heat Stroke and Exhaustion?
These conditions are created when our body is unable to regulate our heat production at a safe level. First, we need to make all of our employees aware of the signs and symptoms for these conditions:
- Fatigue, weakness, fainting
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle cramps
- Sweating (absence or presence)
These conditions can be further escalated by the physical condition of your employees. Employees at a greater risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke are those with:
- Heart disease
- Skin diseases
- Extensive burns
- Endocrine disorders (hyperthyroidism, diabetes, etc.)
- High blood pressure
Over-the-counter drugs can also contribute to a greater risk for these conditions.