The WCB reminded employers and workers of the hazards associated with elevated temperatures and high humidity. To reduce the risk of heat stress at work, it recommends:
- Ensuring there’s adequate ventilation in the workplace.
- Accommodating the body’s natural defense system by getting enough salt and drinking plenty of non-caffeinated liquids.
- When working outside, limiting sun exposure, wearing sunscreen and covering exposed skin with loose fitting, tightly woven clothing.
- Taking breaks in the shade or an air conditioned space, if possible.
- Ensuring there’s adequate supervision.
- Using a buddy system to be vigilant of early signs of heat stress.