Working in the summer can be tough on your body. You’re often out in the sun, which can lead to sunburns and heat exhaustion.
Though you do your best to take regular breaks and avoid overworking, it’s still important to know what heat exhaustion looks like and how to avoid it. Here is a short breakdown of what you should know and when you should seek help.
Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion
Some of the most common signs of heat exhaustion include:
- Rapid pulse
- Low blood pressure
- Heavy sweating
- Moist skin that feels cool and has goosebumps when in the sun or heat
If you or a coworker has any of these symptoms of heat exhaustion, it’s important to stop what you’re doing right away. Rest, drink water and move to a cooler area. If you do not begin to feel better within an hour, have signs of confusion, pass out or have a high temperature over 104 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s important to seek medical care immediately.
Dehydration, wearing too many layers, sunburns and other factors can all contribute to heat exhaustion. If you are going to be working in the heat, make sure to use sunscreen, to drink water regularly and to remove any excessive clothing. If you do start to get a sunburn, stop what you’re doing, go inside and reapply sunscreen.
If you suffer from heat exhaustion, you may be able to pursue a workers’ compensation claim. Your employer is responsible for keeping you safe on the job, including when you’re at risk because of weather hazards. You should seek medical care and then look into making a claim.