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10 June 2016 Heat stress 101 – what you need to know

As a way of giving back to our clients in the Northern Hemisphere, and especially the UAE – our Jincom EHS team has created a Heat Stress poster to emphasise how bad heat stress can be on a person’s health and body, and on the companies that are responsible for these workers.

As June is the month of Ramadan and the month where many of us give thanks, many companies will go out and help workers by doing things such as taking them free bottled water and food as part of their social responsibility. Therefore, we thought that June is a good month to also give back to our UAE clients.

Many workers and employees don’t realise how serious heat stress is, what the symptoms are, how to prevent it and what the consequences can be. Heat stress takes place when hot, humid conditions and physical activity overcomes your body’s natural cooling system and the body fails to control its internal temperature. When this happens, the person might start suffering from things such as cramps, nausea, headaches, fainting, or even serious heat exhaustion and heat stroke. To prevent this from happening, the body must be hydrated at all times – something many workers forget about when they are in the middle of something or do not have time to stop for a break.

Companies are also ensuring that their staff do not work during specific high-temperature hours. Project management timelines are focused on doing more work indoors and shorter working times are allocated for outside work as we head into July and August when the temperatures in some places can reach up to 48°C.

The poster below is a useful source that can be distributed amongst workers to explain what heat stress is, what the symptoms are and how it can be prevented. For more safety and health related communication materials similar to this one, contact Jincom EHS for a quote or more information.

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