HEATSTROKE / HEATSTROKE / HEATSTROKE / SUSUSUNNNSTROKESTROKESTROKE
This is not necessarily the resultof exposure to the sun. It iscaused by exposure to anenvironment in which thebody can no longer rid itselfof excess heat. As a result, thebody soon reaches a pointwhere the heat-regulatingmechanism breaks downcompletely and the internaltemperature rises rapidly.
Hot , dry skin which maybe red orbluish, severe headache, visualdisturbances, rapid temperature rise,
T h e victim s h o u ldb e r e mo ve d fro m t h e h e a ti mme d i a tely andc o o led ra p id ly , u s u a lly b y wra p ping in cool, wet sheets.
Acclimatize workers to heat bygiving them short exposures,followed by gradually longerperiods of work in the hotenvironment.
Forcedventilation and spot cooling bymechanical means
are helpful in cooling.Using power tools ratherthan manual labour keeps thebody cooler.
Wo r k e r sshould be advised to drink water beyond the point of thirst (every 15 to 20 minutes) .High-carbohydrate diet tends toincrease fluid absorption andcaffinated beverages like coffeetend to increase
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For more detailed information on Heat Stress, please refer to the proceeding pages