With us witnessing the hottest day of the year in 40 years recently, there are many occupations that can be affected by Heat Exhaustion.

The sun can be the main cause of a hot working environment, but occupations that involve working with machinery such as bakeries, factories, laundries and kitchens.

Here are the symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:

  • headache, dizziness and confusion
  • loss of appetite and nausea
  • sweating, with pale and clammy skin
  • cramps in the arms, legs or abdomen
  • rapid breathing.

If these symptoms occur, here are some simple steps on how to help your colleague.

  • Keep them cool by going into a shaded area.
    Lay down, raise and support their legs to improve blood flow to the brain.
  • Give them plenty of water to sip. 
  • Monitor them.
  • If their condition worsens, call 999 for emergency medical help.