Safety Alert 59: Heat Stress
Date: 5 February 2016
Perth is expecting to experience a heat wave between 5 and 11 February 2016. This significantly increases the risk of an individual to experience heat stress.
What are the effects of heat stress?
- Discomfort – thirstiness, flushed skin, increased sweating, heat rashes (prickly heat);
- Mild heat illness - feeling tired, weak or dizzy, cramps, reduced work capacity or loss of coordination;
- Reduced attention span, irritability;
- Heat exhaustion - fainting, headache, low blood pressure, nausea, clamminess, paleness;
- Flushed skin, normal to high body temperature (up to 39C); and/or
- Heat stroke - irritability, confusion, speech problems, hot dry skin, convulsions, unconsciousness, body temperature above 40C.
What you can 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 breaks and try to keep air circulating around you; and
- 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.
For further information regarding this Safety Alert, please contact your Field Officer or NECA's OSH Team on (08) 6241 6100.