Heat Stress: Is Heat Stressing You Out at Work?
June 30, 2013
We here in East Texas are used to the heat of summer. But that doesn’t mean we’re immune to its effects. Heat Stress is a continuum of health disorders that start out subtly and without serious consequence but can progress rapidly to the point of causing severe health problems up to and including death. The risks attendant to heat stress are particularly acute for those who work outdoors in the summer or who work in high-heat environments. In this post to HealthConnection, UT Health Health’s Dr. Jeffrey Levin discusses the full spectrum of heat stress – how to recognize it, how to treat it and how to avoid heat stress altogether.
- What is heat stress?
- Why is heat stress a hazard to workers?
- What are the different types of heat stress?
- What symptoms for heat stress should we look for?
- What types of work put individuals at the most risk for heat stress?
- Are some workers more at risk for heat stress than others?
- Heat stress has been linked to work-related injuries. What’s the connection?
- Is it true that you can acclimate your body to heat and if so, how?
- How can you protect yourself from the effects of heat stress?
- How effective are sports drinks (e.g. Gatorade) in helping with heat stress?