Heat Stroke Prevention Heat Stroke Prevention

Heat Stroke Prevention

  • Hong Kong's summer is very hot and humid. When we work under the hot weather, our body temperature rises and perspiration will cool our body down. However when perspiration cannot effectively play the role, we will suffer from dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath and even unconsciousness; if the body temperature rises further to 41 degrees, it will lead to heat stroke which will be life-threatening.
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  • In hot and humid environment, we should take appropriate measures no matter working at indoor or outdoor workplace (e.g., warehouses, docks, construction sites, container yards, kitchens and laundry rooms etc.). To avoid working in hot environment is certainly the best way to avoid heat stroke, but if not possible, the following measures should be adopted to prevent heat stroke:
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    • Work under shelter to reduce the chance of direct sunlight and protect against sunburn
    • Minimize physical demands by using tools or mechanical aids at work
    • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-coloured clothing to facilitate perspiration and reduce the body heat
    • Drink sufficient amount of water or other appropriate beverages to replenish fluid and electrolytes lost
    • Avoid beverages that include alcohol, coffee, tea or caffeine to prevent dehydration
    • Avoid long hours of outdoor work and take rest in a cool place at certain time
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  • For more detail on the prevention of heat stroke, please refer to the following information.
Heat Stroke Prevention
Publications
Name Type Publisher

Safety and Health at Work in a Very Hot Environment

Leaflet OSHC
Safety and Health Notes for Cleaning Worker Leaflet OSHC

Cold and Very Hot Weather

Leaflet Hong Kong Observatory

Prevention of Heat Stroke at Work in a Hot Environment

Leaflet Labour Department

Checklist for Heat Stress Assessment at Construction Sites

Assessment Form Labour Department

Checklist for Heat Stress Assessment at Outdoor Cleansing Workplaces

Assessment Form Labour Department
Risk Assessment for the Prevention of Heat Stroke at Work Assessment Form Labour Department

Prevent Heat Stroke When Working in a Hot Weather (Construction Worker)

Poster Labour Department

Prevent Heat Stroke When Working in a Hot Weather (Cleansing Worker)

Poster Labour Department
Prevent Heat Stroke When Working in a Hot Weather (Container Yards Worker) Poster Labour Department

Logistics and Freight Transport Industry - Tailgate Operation Safety and Prevention of Heat Stroke (Chinese Version Only)

Bulletin OSHC

Construction Industry - Good Housekeeping and Prevention of Heat Stroke (Chinese Version Only)

Bulletin OSHC

Information and Communications - Prevention of Heat Stroke at Work (Chinese Version Only)

Bulletin OSHC

2016 Jul – Interview on the effects of Extreme Weather on Occupational Safety and Health

Article OSHC

2016 Mar - Occupational Health Channel – Prevention of Heat Stroke in under Hot Weather

Article OSHC
Prevention of Heat Stroke - Construction Workers Video OSHC
Prevention of Heat Stroke - Professional Drivers Video OSHC
Prevention of Heat Stroke - Cleaning Workers Video OSHC