Drink water before work each day.
Drink at least 2 litters of water every 2-3 hours.
Check you urine color. It should be pale yellow.
Add a little salt to your meals.
In hot weather, take regular breaks.
Get Plenty of sleep at Night.
Eat fruits and vegetables every day.
When unwell, tell your supervisor.
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Control of Heat Stress for Employers

Employers Responsibilities

Heat exposure and heat stroke can be fatal if proper controls are not implemented. Employers have a legal responsibility to protect the health of their workers and these responsibilities include:

  • ensuring a risk assessment is performed to determine where heat stress hazards exist and who is at risk from developing a heat related illness;
  • ensuring that the required training and education is provided and undertaken by all managers, supervisors, first aiders and employees;
  • ensuring engineering control measures are implemented to eliminate the risk of heat exposure as far as reasonably practicable;
  • ensuring an effective heat stress programme is implemented;
  • ensuring worksites adhere to the UAE Ministry of Labour requirements for a midday break during the summer months for employees working outside;
  • ensuring employer supplied meals are evaluated so that they offer a healthy balanced diet with nutrition and electrolytes and calories to sustain work in high temperature environments;
  • ensuring availability of drinking water to all workers;
  • ensuring that work is self-paced and provide appropriate rest breaks for the heat stress conditions;
  • ensuring that workers suffering a suspected case of heat illness have immediate access to medical attention;
  • Allowing non-acclimatized workers (new arrivals or workers returning from vacation) time to acclimatize for 5-7 days before starting hard work in a hot environment in summer.
  • Providing medical clearance for work in heat for any person with a chronic medical condition (e.g. high blood pressure, obesity) or requiring the use of certain prescription drugs (consult a doctor);
  • A system of investigation, recording and reporting of heat illness and injuries.

Engineering Controls for Heat stress

May include:

  • Adding Insulation of ceilings to minimize solar heat transfer;
  • Providing shaded work areas as much as [possible;
  • Providing cooled and air-conditioned rest areas with water or electrolyte drinks available (not salt tablets or salt water);
  • Using exhaust ventilation such as extraction hoods above heat-generating processes;
  • Using forced air-ventilation such as fans to increase airflow across the skin and increase evaporation and cooling; and
  • Using cooled air from an air-conditioning system

Worker Training

General worker training for exposed workers should include:

  • The hazards of working in heat;
  • The importance of maintaining good hydration (drinking at least 2 Liters of water every 2-3 hours);
  • Eating a well-balanced diet and adding a little extra salt to their meals;
  • Recognizing the signs of heat illness;
  • The hazards of consuming alcohol, teat, coffee and caffeinated drinks which may increase fluid loss;
  • Explanation of the self-assessment of hydration using the urine charts;
  • The importance of rest and recovery and getting a good night’s sleep;
  • What to do in case of heat illness and notifying the supervisor.