Heat stress occurs when a person is unable to control their temperature regulation system. It is particularly common in hot working conditions like a manufacturing plant, bakery or laundrette. The nature of this kind of work means that it is not possible to remove the heat source and naturally cool down.
Heat stress can have a serious effect on employees in certain jobs and can lead to accidents and, in some extreme cases, death.
Sometimes, heat stress can occur where employees are not able to remove protective clothing. The hot summer months may increase the risks in some sectors but in many jobs, heat stress is an all year round issue.
The symptoms of heat stress include impaired concentration, headaches, muscle cramps and fainting. However, heatstroke is the most severe outcome and can result in a coma and, in extreme cases, can sometimes be fatal.
The HSE has developed guidelines for employers on how to manage and assess the risks of heat stress. It also gives guidance on heat reduction methods. These include:
Failure to undertake a risk assessment, or to act on its recommendations, may leave an employer open to a compensation claim. If you have suffered from heat stress as the result of a negligent employer, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. You should seek the advice of a Personal Injury Lawyer. The team at First Personal Injury are ready to help you. Call us today on 0800 808 9740 or get in touch online.
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