How to prevent heat exhaustion at work?

Learn more about the tips and remedies to prevent heat exhaustion caused by extreme hot working conditions in the Middle East.

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Even with most of the summer months gone, we are still in the one of the hottest months of the year. With increase in global warming, temperatures are increasing year on year causing many to fall ill due to heat stress and exhaustion.


We have listed below some general tips to help you stay cool & safe this summer.

  • Drink plenty of water and liquids to replace lost fluids. 
  • Do not drink excessive beverages with caffeine as they speed up fluid loss. 
  • Do not expose yourself to direct sunlight, especially during the day between 10:00AM to 03:00PM. 
  • Make sure to protect yourself from the sun with either a hat or an umbrella.
  • Do not stay or leave anyone in closed or parked vehicles during the hot weather.
  • Do not fill your vehicle fuel tank completely.


If you are in an occupation that requires you to work outside in the heat continuously, make sure you watch for heat exhaustion, a condition caused by excessive perspiring because of hot work conditions or strenuous physical exertion. Although heat exhaustion may not be life-threatening, it can become serious if left untreated.


Signs & Symptoms include:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Cold, moist, pale skin
  • Extreme Thirst
  • Extreme weakness or fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Collapse 


If you do face any of the above symptoms or see a colleague facing them, make sure to take immediate action.

  • Rest in a cool or shady area
  • Drink water or an electrolyte drink
  • Use cool compresses on the forehead or around the neck
  • If conditions persist, seek immediate medical attention  

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