What are heat-related injuries?

Apart from heat stress, hot working conditions may either contribute to or cause other health and safety problems. For example:

  • loss of grip while handling tools, objects and controls due to sweaty hands
  • slips, trips and falls due to dizziness, fainting or fatigue
  • errors/mistakes or clumsiness due to fogged up safety glasses or heat fatigue
  • not following safe work procedures or cutting corners due to fatigue and/or discomfort
  • not using PPE due to discomfort
  • burns from contact with hot surfaces or substances
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