Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments indoors or outdoors, or even those engaged in strenuous physical activities may be at risk for heat stress. Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses caused by heat stress, including heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat syncope, heat cramps, heat rashes, or death.
Heat stress can be reduced by modifying metabolic heat production or heat exchange by convection, radiation, or evaporation. This is made possible by implementing engineering controls (such as increased ventilation) and/or limiting the exposure time or temperature (e.g., work/rest schedules), reducing metabolic heat load, and enhancing heat tolerance (e.g., acclimatization).
Contact us today for more insight on our process to calculate your employees heat exposure. Upon these results, we will provide guidance and assist in implementing controls that allow work to be completed with reasonable exposure limits.