Any worker who is exposed to extreme heat may be at risk of heat stress. Burns are not the only risk posed by working with fire. CHARNAUD® explains the details of heat stress and its potential negative impacts.
What Is Heat Stress And What Does It To You?
Heat stress is what happens to the body when it cannot get rid of excess heat. The body’s core temperature increases and the heart-rate rises. As the body gets hotter, you will begin to lose concentration and focus, you may become irritable or physically sick and, even though, you desperately need to hydrate, you often lose the desire to drink. Ultimately, you are likely to faint if you are not taken out of the hot environment. It is even possible to die from sustained heat stress.
Other symptoms include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, cramping and rashes. You may also experience sweaty palms, fogged up glasses and visors, and dizzy spells, which could easily lead to sustaining other related injuries.
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How to Combat Heat Stress
If you work in very hot environments, especially when dealing with open flame, heat stress is a common and likely occurrence. The best way to combat it is through careful safety procedures and by wearing quality PPE.
CHARNAUD®’s FIRE-SAFE® brand is specifically designed for people who work in extremely hot environments. It is a range of head-to-foot fire protection that staves off the worst impacts of heat stress, as well as providing flame-retardant protection for work with open flames. CHARNAUD® FIRE-SAFE® garments are lighter than most firefighting PPE and have anti-wicking properties to keep the wearer dry, cool and comfortable.
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Come to CHARNAUD® to get your crew fitted with the best PPE
CHARNAUD® is a supplier of quality PPE for a variety of professions. We can help workers of all occupations to protect themselves against the hazards of their daily tasks. CHARNAUD® FIRE-SAFE® is only one of our specialised PPE ranges. Contact us for advice and quotations on PPE for your business.