Many days “hot and humid” does not begin to describe summers in Georgia. While some may enjoy the air conditioning while they are at work, jobs that require being outside or in a hot warehouse can make your day difficult.
Whether you have lived in the south your whole life or recently transplanted, working in the heat can be dangerous. Often, people accustomed to the heat may be more at risk since they are more likely to dismiss symptoms of a more significant problem.
Here’s what you should know about the dangers of heat-related illness when you are at work and the precautions your employer should take to keep you safe.
Noticing heat-related illness early
In some ways, working through the heat might be an expectation of your job. Often employers cannot stop business simply because it is hot and humid outside. Unfortunately, these expectations tend to lead to employees dismissing symptoms, such as:
- Muscle cramps
These are important symptoms of heatstroke and heat exhaustion. Ignoring early signs tends to lead to more severe symptoms. However, if you learn to recognize symptoms in yourself and others early, you can take steps to stay safe.
Staying safe in the heat
Your employer should support ways for you and your coworkers to cool off and decrease your body temperature if it gets too high by providing access to remedies such as:
- Shaded areas
- Cool water or sports drinks
- Rest periods to cool down
Also, you can help others at work to stay safe by watching for early symptoms and encouraging overheated staff to take a break. In addition to more complicated health risks, someone suffering from a heat-related illness is more likely to make mistakes, drop equipment or fall.
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