Conditions that contribute to heat disorders, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion are not only present during hot summer months. Surveys have shown that in some outdoor workplaces more than 80% of workers have experienced at least one heat related symptom over a period of twelve months. According to studies these worker’s core temperatures reach levels that suggest a high potential for heat related illness to occur, even during cooler periods.
Although scientific studies have revealed that dehydration is the single greatest factor in regard to heat illness, other factors are vitally important too. Defining what constitutes a desirable or acceptable upper limit climate that people should be expected to work in, is not possible without environmental monitoring and the consideration of all other factors that contribute to heat stress.
Our ‘Working in Heat’ workshop focuses on how to perform a valid heat stress assessments, the adverse short and long term health effects of heat exposure and preventative interventions.