Everyone has to deal with heat load, both privately and at work. However, there are certain groups within society that are more affected than others. Who are these? And how can they, or you as an employer, protect them against this?
Strictly speaking, every profession has to deal with heat stress. But when we look at professions that (periodically) have to deal with this on a constant basis, it can be seen that 12% of all companies work under (too) warm conditions. These are occupations in agriculture, construction and industry as well as in services. Some of the professions that fall below are:
- construction workers.
- workers in the paper, steel and glass industries, firefighters, law enforcement officers, road workers, logistics workers and truck drivers.
Besides the fact that there are vulnerable professions, there are also vulnerable groups. These are people who are at greater risk of health risks as a result of heat exposure. Research has shown that women generally suffer more from the heat than men. In addition, it appears that people who can meet at least one of the statements listed below run a greater health risk at high temperatures.
- During pregnancy.
- People in bad shape.
- People with an extremely low weight (on average under 50 kg).
- People with a high fat content.
- People with cardiovascular disease.
- People taking medicines.
How to protect everyone?
To protect yourself or your staff against the dangers of heat stress, it is important to have a good RI&E. In addition, making a heat plan that states which actions will be taken and when ensures that employees within your organization know how they can prepare for the warm weather and the work. In addition, shorter working days and more breaks can contribute to the recovery of the body during hot days.
wearing cooling clothes can help regulate the body temperature of the employees. This allows an employee to work longer/more productively without compromising health.
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