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About Heat Stress
Employees run an extremely high risk of heat-related illnesses when they are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments for long periods of time. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, dehydration, and in some cases death. The employees at the highest risk of heat stress include construction, firefighters, kitchen staff, employees that work in confined spaces, or in unventilated non air-conditioned places. Employees 65 years of age or older, are overweight, have heart disease, high blood pressure, or take medications may be affected by extreme heat the most, but heat stress is not limited by this criteria. Prevention is important, according to OSHA, employers should provide training to their employees so they understand what heat stress is, how it affects their health and safety, and how it can be prevented. Our "OSHA Heat Stress" reviews how heat effects the body, the steps employees can take to prevent heat stress in the Workplace, and elementary first aid that can be given to a worker who has been affected by a heat-related illness.