Beat the heat

As the thermometer soars, so does the risk to employees. Here are some signs to watch for and tips to prevent heat exhaustion
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 04/10/2003

As the temperature soars across the country this week, and into the summer months, employers need to keep an eye on staff to ensure they don’t suffer from heat exhaustion.

"Symptoms include dizziness, muscle cramps, headache, profuse sweating, fatigue, nausea and fainting," said Wayne MacDonald, New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health. "Persons showing any signs of heat exhaustion should be moved to a cool, preferably air-conditioned environment, receive cool, non-alcoholic beverages and rest.”

Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is a life-threatening situation. In addition to the above signs of heat exhaustion, signs of heat stroke can include red, hot, dry skin, an extremely high body temperature, throbbing headache and confusion that may progress to unconsciousness.