July 4: WCB’s Heat Stress Tips

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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.