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Exposure measurement requires a survey to assess people’s exposure to heat, and discover how and why this exposure happens.
In many jobs heat stress is an issue all year round (such as bakeries, compressed air tunnels, foundries and smelting operations), but this information is also applicable during the hot summer months where there may be an increased risk of heat stress for some people.
Heat stress occurs when the body’s means of controlling its internal temperature starts to fail. As well as air temperature, factors such as work rate, humidity and clothing worn while working may lead to heat stress. Therefore it may not be obvious to someone passing through the workplace that there is a risk of heat stress.
You and your employees must be aware of how to work safely in heat, the factors that can lead to heat stress, and how to reduce the risk of it occurring. Where there is a possibility of heat stress occurring you will need to carry out a risk assessment.
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(Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence).