With hot and humid summer months approaching, employers should take extra precaution if their employees work in hot environments. Heat exhaustion and heat strokes are serious illnesses with the later being fatal if not treated properly.
Heat exhaustion occurs when the body is unable to cool itself sufficiently. Victims of heat exhaustion should be placed in a cool place out of the sun and drink plenty of water or other fluids. If heat exhaustion is not treated properly it can lead to heat stroke.
Signs of heat-related illness include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle weakness and/or cramping
- Rapid heartbeat
Heat related illnesses are covered by workers’ compensation in NC if it can be shown that their job and/or place of employment placed them at a greater risk that the general public.
A Guide to Preventing Heat Stress can be purchased from the NC Department of Labor (NCDOL). To find out more about this and other NCDOL
publications go to http://www.nclabor.com/pubs.htm.