Health Effects Of Working Outside In Extreme Heat & the Control Measures

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Health Effects Of Working Outside In Extreme Heat & the Control Measures

Health Effects

Working out of doors in extreme heat caused by the sun may result in health effects

Such as:

  • Burns,
  • 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

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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