Depending on your profession, there is a good chance that you spend a lot of time in extremely hot conditions.
For example, construction workers are often in the sun for hours on end. The same holds true for landscapers and other laborers.
While it can be great fun to work outdoors, here’s something to remember: Heat stress is a serious health concern that can cause illness, injury and even death.
Indoor workers can also suffer from heat stress, such as those working in factories and boiler rooms.
Heat stress can lead to problems such as heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Also, it increases the likelihood of injury as workers may struggle with weakness, fatigue, dizziness and sweaty palms.
Prevention of heat stress starts with knowing the symptoms. If you have any reason to believe that you’re suffering from this health concern, it’s important to stop what you are doing and to immediately cool down. This often means moving to a cool place and drinking plenty of water.
In the event of serious heat stress, you may suffer an injury or illness that requires medical attention. If this results in long-term treatment, you may not be able to return to work.
You have the right to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits should you be unable to work in the future. This allows you to receive money until you are able to return to your job.
In the event of a denial, maybe because your employer denies that you were injured on the job, you should take the steps necessary to file an appeal.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “HEAT STRESS,” accessed June 27, 2017