How to combat heat stroke and stress at work

Workers who are exposed to hot temperatures can experience negative health consequences whether they work indoors or outdoors. Missouri employers and others should take steps to help their employees stay safe while exposed to hot temperatures. For instance, workers should be encouraged to drink water and eat snacks while on the job. Water can help keep the body cool while the snacks can replace electrolytes lost through sweat.

It is important to note that a person should not drink more than 12 quarts of water within 24 hours. If workers need to drink that much to stay cool at work, it may be best to create an alternate work schedule. This could involve allowing employees to work in shifts or allowing them to take more frequent breaks in areas that have shade or air conditioning. It is a good idea to let new workers take additional breaks or to have a lighter workload during their first week on the job.

This can be a good idea for workers who are returning from an extended workplace absence. Those who are asked to work in hot temperatures should be trained in how to recognize the symptoms of heat stress or heat stroke in themselves and others. Ideally, employees will work in pairs to keep an eye on each other during their shifts.

Individuals who experience heat stroke or other health issues while at work might be entitled to compensation. This may help cover their medical expenses or allow them to recoup a portion of their salary while out of work. An individual who is seeking workers compensation benefits may want to consult an attorney prior to doing so. It may also be effective to work with an attorney in the event that an initial application is denied.

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