How to prevent heat illness at work

How to prevent heat illness at work

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

Outdoor and indoor heat exposure can be dangerous in Qatar currently. New and returning workers need to build a tolerance to heat (acclimatize) and take frequent breaks.

Here are some ways to prevent heat illness:

heat illness

1. Drink cool water

Drink cool water even if you are not thirsty, at least one cup every 20 minutes.

2. Take rest breaks

Take enough time to recover from the heat given the temperature, humidity, and conditions.

3. Find shade or a cooler area

Take breaks in a designated shady or cool location.

4. Dress for the heat

Wear a hat and light-colored, loose-fitting, and breathable clothing if possible.

5. Watch out for each other

Monitor yourself and others for signs of heat illness.

6. If wearing a face covering

Change your face covering if it gets wet or soiled.

The following are signs of medical emergency:

- Abnormal thinking or behavior

- Slurred speech

- Seizures

- Loss of consciousness

First aid for heat illness:

  1. Call 999 immediately
  2. Cool the worker right away with water or ice
  3. Stay with the worker until help arrives

Useful tips:

- If the worker experiences headache or nausea, give some water to drink.

- If the worker is weak and dizzy, remove unnecessary clothing.

- If the worker is feeling hot or heavily sweating, take him to a cool area.

- If the body temperature rises, cool down with water, ice, or a fan.

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