Since summer is just around the corner, now is the time to make sure employees are safe from the effects of heat-related illness. The body only functions well if its internal temperature stays within 98.6 and 100.4 degrees (F). Anything higher can result in heat stress, which will manifest itself as a heat-related illness with the accompanying symptoms below:
Heat stroke occurs when the body can no longer regulate its own temperature. It is the most severe heat-related illness. The body loses its ability to cool itself because temperature rises too rapidly, resulting in temperatures exceeding 104 degrees (F). Symptoms include confusion, loss of consciousness, and seizures. Heat stroke can result in death or disability if medical attention is not sought immediately.
Heat exhaustion is caused by significant loss of salt and water, resulting in symptoms such as confusion, cramps, dizziness, headache, heavy sweating, irritability, thirst, and weakness. The body temperature rises above 100.4 degrees (F).
Rhabdomyloysis is a rare condition which can be brought on by excessive exposure to heat. It causes the breakdown, rupture, and death of muscle. This, in turn, can cause irregular heart rhythms, seizures, and kidney damage.
Heat Syncope (Fainting)
This can occur after standing for prolonged periods of time in the heat or from rising suddenly from a sitting position. If a body is dehydrated and not properly acclimated to the heat, fainting may result.
Heat cramps occur when the body loses too much salt and fluid through sweating, thus producing muscle pains.
Just as the name suggests, heat rash looks like a red cluster-like rash of pimples and/or small blisters, often appearing on the neck, upper chest, groin, under breasts or on elbow creases. It is caused by excessive sweating.
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