Health Effects Of Working Outside In Extreme Heat & the Control Measures
Working out of doors in extreme heat caused by the sun may result in health effects
- Damage to the eyes and
- Skin cancer,
- Dehydration and
- Heat exhaustion,
- Heat stroke,
- Sweat rash, prickly heat,
- Headaches and fainting, and
- Fatigue and stress.
Control measures that could be used to reduce the effects of the sun on workers include
- Limiting the duration of exposure by job rotation ensuring periods of work are alternated with periods of rest;
- Avoiding work when temperatures are at their highest;
- Ensuring an adequate supply of drinking water;
- The use of appropriate clothing for working in high temperatures and persuading workers to adopt a policy of keeping their bodies covered;
- Encouraging workers to maintain their salt levels;
- Working under canopies where this is possible; wearing hats and eye protection and
- Applying sun protection cream.
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