Heta stress monitoring, why you should monitor, effects of heat stress and how to combat it in the workplace.
Why should you measure heat stress?
If you or your employees work in hot environments you may be susceptible to heat stress. Heat stress us caused when the temperature of a surround area or the core body temperature is raised resulting in dangerous high levels. High core body temperature can result in internal heat damage to vital organs.
How can you tell?
If you do work in hot environments there are symptoms that tell you that you are suffering from heat stress. Symptoms can include cramps, nausea, palpitations, stroke and in some cases death!
How can you measure and reduce the risks?
To reduce and eliminate the effects of heat stress you must either monitor the area or core body temperature. Heat stress levels on the body can be measured using the Quest Temp II which will measure via the ear canal and alerts the user either visually or verbally.
To record and measure heat in an area you can use the Quest temp Area Heat Stress And WBGT monitors, which will measure and calculate dry bulb, wet bulb and globe temperature. These 3 reading are used to calculate WBGT indoor and outdoor, relative humidity and Heat Index.
What to do with the results?
The results given by the instruments will not only give you instant readings but will allow you to data-log using the Quest Suite Professional Software, enabling you to manage your data and make effect decisions based on them.
Who uses these instruments?
Many people in a wide range of areas use these heat stress monitors for safeguarding their employees. These can include power stations, steel works, glass manufacturing and military processes.