Safety Alert: Heat Stress
Safety Alert No: 37
Perth is expecting to experience a heat wave between 25 and 31 January 2012.
This significantly increases the risk for the potential of an individual experiencing Heat Stress.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF HEAT STRESS?
Types of heat illness include:
- Discomfort - flushed skin, increased sweating, heat rashes (prickly heat).
- Mild heat illness - feeling tired, weak or dizzy, cramps, reduced work capacity,
- Reduced attention span, irritability.
- Heat exhaustion - fainting, headache, low blood pressure, nausea, clammy, pale or flushed skin, normal to high body temperature (up to 39C).
- Heat stroke - irritability, confusion, speech problems, hot dry skin, convulsions, unconsciousness, body temperature above 40C.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Drink plenty of cool water regularly but avoid extremely cold drinks as this can lead to cramps.
- Eat regular, light meals.
- When in the sun use sun screen, hats and safety sunglasses.
- Take regular brakes and try to keep air circulating around you.
- If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms stop work immediately,report to your supervisor, take a break in the shade and re-hydrate.