How to Handle Hot Environments and UV Radiation
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Working in Hot Environments

People who are exposed to extreme temperatures or who work in hot conditions may be at risk of heat stress, also know as heat illness.

 Heat stress and heat illness are general terms used to  describe medical conditions such as; heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat rash, heat stroke, and worsening of pre-existing illnesses and conditions.

 Signs and symptoms of heat stress/illness that you should watch out for include nausea, dizziness, clumsiness, collapse and convulsions.

 Exposure to UV Radiation

The sun emits radiation known as ultra violet radiation. We cannot see it and we cannot feel it. But it can cause sunburn and skin cancer.

 The sun also emits sunlight that we can see and and we can feel the temperature of infra red radiation that is carried in the sunlight. So people who work outdoors can be exposed to the risks of UV radiation and the risks of working in a hot environment at the same time.  

How can you deal with these Hazards?

Workers need to follow the safe work procedures in their workplace. And anyone exposed to these hazards in their personal activities needs to be aware of how to control the risks involved in what they are doing.

 The publication by WorkCover called Heat Stress Frequently Asked Questions has valuable information on dealing with both of these hazards that you can use in your workday and in your out of work life.

Also the SunSmart app that you can download from the Bureau of Meteorology is great for helping you deal with UV radiation.