Whether you work in the field or indoors, summertime is hot and can create a life threatening environment to workers. When the body’s temperature regulating system fails and your core temperature reaches a critical 104° you have yourself a medical emergency.
Heat stroke is a heat related health problem that can result in death. There are however several easy precautions you can take to prevent workers from heat stress and heat stroke. First and foremost keep hydrated. Second, you can modify work schedules to limit exposure during the hottest parts of the day. Third, make sure your workers have proper evaporative PPE, like cooling hard hat inserts or a simple sun hat.
To learn more about the effects of heat stress and what you can do to prevent it read this OSHA Fact Sheet PDF.