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Document ID (ISN)108515
CIS number 08-1171
ISSN - Serial title 0029-7909 - Occupational Hazards
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Torres K.
Title Creating a pipeline to heat stress prevention
Bibliographic information May 2008, Vol.70, No.5, p.41-43. Illus.
Abstract In the United States in 2005, 47 workers died from exposure to environmental heat and five died from contact with a hot object or substance. There are three types of heat stress: heat cramps (cramps in extremities, especially legs); heat exhaustion (dizziness, weakness, fainting, nausea, headache, cold and clammy skin, dry tongue, thirst); heat stroke (high body temperature, decreased level of consciousness, change in behaviour, not sweating, red or pale skin, elevated heart rate and rapid breathing). When heat cramps and heat exhaustion are not treated rapidly, the situation can escalate to heat stroke, which is a life-threatening illness. This article discusses the prevention of heat stress among workers in the petrochemical industry. It emphasizes the importance of monitoring work environment temperatures, work breaks and the consumption of fluids.
Descriptors (primary) USA; heat stress disease; symptoms; hot workplaces; diagnosis; heat stroke; petrochemical industry; heat load
Descriptors (secondary) outdoor work; drinks at work; workbreaks; medical supervision; pulse rate; personal protective equipment; WBGT index
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Chemicals, plastics and rubber
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Nutrition
Petrochemical industry
Chemical industry
Heat and cold