Heat stress, along with heat exhaustion and heat stroke, are heat-related illnesses.
Heat stress happens when your body is too hot and unable to cool down. Workers who work outside and inside can be at risk of heat stress or other heat-related illnesses if their workplace does not have heat illness prevention measures.
Heat stress can quickly turn into heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be severe or deadly. If someone shows signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call 911 immediately.
Early signs of heat stress include:
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can occur if heat stress symptoms are not addressed quickly. Heat exhaustion symptoms include: Heat stroke symptoms may include:
Heat exhaustion symptoms include:
Heat stroke symptoms may include:
Employers should have a plan for heat. This should include:
If they are not taking proper precautions, you can file a complaint with OSHA or contact WNYCOSH to talk more about options for your workplace.
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