Prevent Heat Stroke With Industrial Ventilation

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The risk of heat-related illness increases as summer temperatures rise. Workers who labor in factories, warehouses and other hot environments are especially at risk. You can keep your workforce safer with a well-designed industrial ventilation system.

Air conditioning in an industrial setting isn’t always practical or possible. To keep workers cooler, facility managers must find an alternative to AC. In most cases, the best way to keep a factory comfortable is by installing industrial ventilation.

Prevent Heat Stroke With Industrial Ventilation

Ventilation keeps the workplace healthier by cooling and cleaning the air. Circulating air, even when it’s warm, feels better than stagnant air.

Industrial ventilation replaces unhealthy indoor air with fresh outdoor air. In facilities, ventilation controls airborne contamination. This indoor pollution may include fumes, vapors and dust.

Opening a window is a simple way to ventilate a room at home. Industrial ventilation relies on mechanical systems such as ductwork and exhaust and supply fans. Systems must be designed for specific types of work and buildings.

What Are the Signs of Heat-Related Illness?

In addition to ventilation, you can make a workplace safer by providing workers with air-conditioned break rooms or shady outdoor rest areas. Workers should stay hydrated and wear lightweight clothing if possible.

Educate your employees about the signs of heat-related illnesses. When it’s hot, people begin to show mild signs of heat stress. If the illness is not recognized and treated, it could progress to more serious symptoms. Heatstroke is a serious, life-threatening condition. Those suffering from heatstroke need medical care.

Here are some signs of heat-related illness:

Heat cramps: Muscles may contract painfully when the body begins to overheat. Cramps happen most often to those performing physical jobs.

Lightheaded: Feeling faint is another early sign of overheating. Workers who stand for a long time often feel lightheaded as temperatures rise.

Heat exhaustion: People with heat exhaustion experience headache, weakness, nausea, vomiting and cold, clammy skin. Workers with these symptoms should stop working and move to a safe place to cool down. When heat exhaustion is not treated, it may progress to heatstroke.

Heatstroke: Heatstroke happens when the body’s temperature rises above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Heatstroke can end in organ damage or death. Symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness and fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Vision problems
  • Racing heart and rapid breathing
  • Change in sweating: cessation of sweating, but physical laborers may have moist skin
  • Confused mental state: agitation, irritability, slurred speech, delirium and seizures

Workers who are suffering from heatstroke require medical help. Call 911 and move the worker to a cooler environment. Remove excess clothing. Apply wet towels, ice packs or cold water to the head, neck and body.

Storee Construction designs facility upgrades that make workplaces safer and more efficient. Contact us to learn more.