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Seven tips for your workers to reduce their risk of heatstroke

by , 01 November 2016
Seven tips for your workers to reduce their risk of heatstrokeDo you have employees who work outside? If so, then you need to be fully aware of the possibility of heatstroke.

Heatstroke is caused by a person's temperature-regulating mechanisms failing under very high temperatures. It can occur from a combination of work load and environmental heat load. It's considered a real medical emergency and so attempting to avoid it from occurring among your employees is a very good idea.

So with the temperatures beginning to increase as we head towards the end of this year, refresh your workers' minds by encouraging them to follow these seven precautions they can take in reducing their chances of getting heatstroke. After all, it is your duty as an employer to ensure the overall health and safety of your workforce.


Get used to the heat by spending slightly more time in the sun each day. This usually takes around one to three weeks.  


Avoid strenuous work during peak temperatures like at midday.

If you can't, then drink plenty of water and take regular breaks.

Always keep a filled-water bottle at hand during work.


Use hats when working in the sun.

When working in the sun for long periods of time, hats are considered Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE).

Your 1 527 health and safety duties as an employer

When was the last time you checked what disinfecting agents and cleaning materials your company uses?

Do you comply with the Hazardous Chemical Regulations?

There are over 1 500 items you must evaluate in your workplace according to the OHS Act and hundreds more from SABS 0400: National Building regulations.

Health and safety laws apply to EVERY company, if you have more than 20 employees you have even greater obligations.

Stay in the shade when possible and park your vehicles in the shade.


If available, take cold showers or baths during breaks.


Eat a light diet and avoid consuming alcohol and caffeine.


Dress in lightweight clothing.

So, there are seven very practical precautions your workers can take to minimise the risk of heatstroke. So encourage your employees to follow them.

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