Heat Exhaustion is a condition where symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse. Heat Exhaustion is one of the three heat-related syndromes, heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe. The main causes of heat exhaustion include exposure to high temperatures, particularly when combined with a high humidity, and strenuous physical activity. Without prompt treatment, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, which is a life-threatening condition. Fortunately, heat exhaustion is easily preventable.
Causes of heat exhaustion
Your body’s heat combined with environmental heat results in what’s called your core temperature — your body’s internal temperature. Your body needs to regulate the heat gain (and, in cold weather, heat loss) from the environment to maintain a core temperature that’s normal, approximately 37°C (98.6 F).
In hot weather, the body cools itself mainly by sweating. The evaporation of sweat regulates your body temperature. However, when your exercise or overexert in hot, humid weather, your body is less able to cool itself efficiently. As a result, your body may develop heat cramps. Signs of heat cramps include heavy sweating, fatigue, thirst and muscle cramps. Drinking enough fluids, getting into cooler temperatures (air-conditioning and shade) and resting can treat heat cramps.
Untreated, heat cramps lead to heat exhaustion and eventually heatstroke. Heatstroke occurs when your core body temperature reaches 40°C (104 F) or higher. Heatstroke requires immediate medical attention to prevent permanent damage to your brain and other vital organs that can result in death.
Cooling products to beat the heat
We decided to do something about the risks of heatstroke for employees. Bogdana Anghelescu, QHSE Representative: “We experience very high temperatures during the summer and our team need to wear the proper PPE equipment while on a job. This combination makes it quite challenging to stay cool during work, especially outdoors.”
How we solved this problem? “The safety of our team members is a must. Implementing cooling products from INUTEQ made our lives so much easier. The felt impact of heat and fatigue levels decreased drastically, creating a safer and more efficient working environment. As soon as they started to wear the Head & Neck cooling products, we noticed an increase in well-being. They feel more comfortable and stay focused for a longer period of time, completing their duties easier, faster and most importantly safer.”
We have been so excited about the benefits for our employees, we have decided to bring INUTEQ cooling products to the Romanian market. INUTEQ is a Dutch based, world leading company in developing and manufacturing personal cooling technologies and apparel.
With this new distribution partnership, Dosco always has the best solution available to keep your workers cool during their job in high temperatures. Cool workers feel more comfortable, have a higher productivity and keep concentrated on the job.