During the summer months, you may find yourself working in extreme heat. Even if you're working indoors, such as in a factory or warehouse, the heat can become unbearable during this time of the year.
It's critical to do your part in protecting yourself against heat stroke, as this illness can impact your health in a number of ways. Here are some prevention tips to follow:
- Wear lightweight clothing, when possible
- Use sunscreen if you're working outdoors
- Drink extra fluids, both before your shift and during it
- Take regular breaks to recover
- Do your work during cooler times of the day, such as early in the morning or in the evening
If you begin to experience the symptoms of heat stroke, such as dizziness and a throbbing headache, move to a cool place and attempt to rehydrate. If available, you can also use ice to cool down.
Since it's better to be safe than sorry, you shouldn't immediately return to work. Instead, seek treatment at a local hospital to prevent additional damage and better understand your condition.
Your doctor can also provide you with recovery tips and a schedule to follow. For example, since you'll be more sensitive to high temperatures over the next few weeks, you don't want to overexert yourself at work.
If necessary, file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. While you should be able to return to your job in the near future, you never know what will happen as you recover. It's best to protect both your health and financial well being during this difficult time.