Employees Should Be Aware of Heat Stress

July 19, 2019

It is officially the hottest time of year here in Florida. That means it is important for you to be conscious of the heat and avoid staying outside for long periods of time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has reported that thousands of people have died from heat-related illnesses in the past. That is an unfortunate statistic because heat stress is preventable.

How Does Heat Stress Occur?

You may experience heat stress if you’re exposed to hot temperatures while you’re working. It’s dangerous, and could eventually lead to other health problems. If you are experiencing heat stress, you may have symptoms of heat exhaustion - including the potentially deadly heat stroke.

Heat stress happens when your body is unable to get rid of excess heat. Being out in a hot environment may prevent your body from adjusting to a stable internal temperature. This could lead to health risks like increased heart rate or a high core body temperature.

Who is at risk for Heat Stress?

Anyone is at risk. It usually depends on how long you stay outside in the heat. Be mindful, take breaks, and stay hydrated.

Employees with a High Risk of Heat Stress Include:

  • Outdoor workers

  • Employees who work around fire

  • Individuals who are 65-years-old or older

  • Workers who are obese

  • Individuals suffering from heart disease

  • Those taking certain medications

Symptoms of Exhaustion Include:

  • Loss of Consciousness

  • Muscle cramping

  • Nausea

  • Dizziness

  • Fatigue

It is important to practice policies that will help you to avoid heat-related illnesses and injuries. For example: wear clothing with ventilation, keep fans on site, and stay hydrated with water.

The Ticktin Law Group Can Help

The Ticktin Law Group is here to help you if you are injured on the job due to heat stress. Just contact us for a free consultation. Getting in touch with us is free and very easy. During your free consultation, an experienced attorney will go over the particulars of your case and determine whether you have a claim. To get started, schedule your free consultation by calling (561) 232-2222 or by completing our contact form here.