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Worksafe BC urges anyone working outside to stay cool

Worksafe BC urges anyone working outside to stay cool

Workers in the Northwest are being urged to watch out for warm weather.

With high temperatures forecast in Northwest, B.C. this week, WorkSafeBC is alerting employers and outdoor workers of the risk of developing symptoms of heat stress this summer. If left untreated, heat stress can lead to injuries from heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

In 2016, there were 16 accepted claims for work-related injuries caused by heat exhaustion and heat stroke in B.C.

Heat stress occurs when your internal temperature increases faster than the body can cool itself. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include excess sweating, dizziness, fainting and muscle cramps. Symptoms of heat stroke include cessation of sweating, an increased breathing rate, confusion, seizures and even cardiac arrest.

Manager of Prevention Field Services for the Terrace Region is Barry Nakahara and he says co-workers should keep an eye out.

Prevention of Heat Stress- Employers
  • Monitor heat conditions and require workers not to work alone.
  • Ensure there is adequate first-aid coverage and emergency procedures are in place.
  • Change work practices and policies to limit the risk.

Prevention of Heat Stress- Workers

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Wear light-coloured, loose fitting clothing.
  • Take rest breaks in a cool, well-ventilated area.
  • Do the hardest physical work during the coolest parts of the day, before 11am and after 3pm.


Learn more about heat stress at their website

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