Humans maintain a core temperature of around 37oC. If someone works in a particularly hot environment, stress can occur which leads to injury. Heat stress occurs when the body’s means of controlling its internal temperature starts to fail. As well as air temperature, factors such as work rate, humidity and clothing worn while working may lead to heat stress.
Typical symptoms of heat stress include:
Regulations require employers to monitor the warmth in their workplace to make sure it is at a reasonable temperature. The Approved Code of Practice recommends reasonable temperatures in workrooms to be at least 16°C unless much of the work involves severe physical effort, in which case the temperature should be at least 13°C.
Our specialist occupational hygiene consultants can carry out a heat survey to make sure your workplace is complying with regulations and offer guidance on how to keep your employees safe from heat related injury, especially if they work in an environment which can get hot.
Contact the team today to find out more about heat stress studies.
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