5 Ways to Prevent Heat Exhaustion in the Workplace
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Jim Staller

Individuals who work in industrial workplaces suffer from heat exhaustion on a daily basis. Some work environments can get as high as 45 degrees which can potentially become very dangerous for workers. Heat exhaustion is a condition which is caused by over exposure to heat which results in the deterioration of bodily fluids.

Heat is exhaustion causes dizziness, weakness, nausea and can potentially cause the individual to faint or pass out. This poses great danger in workplaces in which employees are consistently operating heavy machinery. If an individual passes out for even one second their life could be in great danger.

There are many ways to prevent heat exhaustion especially for those working in an industrial workplace with harsh working conditions. The following is a list of the top five ways to prevent heat exhaustion in the workplace:

  1. Drink Lots of Water - Dehydration is a key factor in heat exhaustion. The hotter you are, the faster your body absorbs liquids and the more water you will need in order to function properly. Always have water on hand and try to keep yourself as hydrated as possible at all times.
  2. Work in Intervals - Working an entire shift without a break is sure to put you at high risk of heat exhaustion. Take a break every hour or so to ensure that you get a breath of fresh air. Separate yourself from the overly hot work environment because being in those conditions for 8 hours straight is unsafe.
  3. Take the Night Shift - Depending on your situation, this factor may or may not be possible. The hottest times throughout the day are between 11 in the morning and 4 o'clock in the afternoon. That said, (if it is possible) I would highly recommend working during the night when temperatures are considerably lower.
  4. Rest - Make sure to get a good night sleep before a long day in an industrial workplace. Rest will energize your body and mind for the day and will make you less likely to become weak and suffer from heat exhaustion. At least 7-8 hours sleep is recommended per night.
  5. Eat - Like resting, eating will also provide you with the energy your body requires to fight off heat exhaustion. Make sure when you take your breaks, you also have a small snack which will keep you fueled for a couple more hours.

Following the guidelines listed above will decrease your likeliness of suffering from heat exhaustion on the job. If you do find yourself experiencing the symptoms of heat exhaustion, leave work for the day. Heat exhaustion is your body's way of letting you know that it needs to cool down and rest. Ignoring the symptoms can put you and your body in severe amounts of danger.

Jim Staller has worked in the industrial field for more than 15 years. In his spare time, he serves as a contributing writer for http://www.industrial101.com - a site offering information about static eliminator items, inventory management software, EMI Shielding and more.

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