Excessive heat does more than just cause discomfort; when preventive measures aren’t observed, it can result in adverse health effects, from heat rash and muscle cramps to heat stroke.
As a business owner, it’s vital to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for your employees. Dittmer Air and Heat, your premier HVAC repair and installation provider, discusses some of the factors in the workplace that can cause heat-related illnesses, and what you can do to prevent them.
Breaks and Acclimation Periods
It’s important to have safety practices in place for your workers’ well-being. A fast pace of work, breaks or recovery periods that are too short and inadequate acclimation periods can lead to heat-related illnesses. To minimize risks, provide reminders for workers to take breaks and encourage them to watch out for each other and utilize the “buddy system” for taxing work. For new workers, you should give them some time to gradually get used to the heat, which can be done by starting them on shorter schedules.
Exhaust Ventilation Systems
Working with equipment that produces heat combined with a lack of adequate ventilation can result in a hotter work environment. A central air conditioning system may not be efficient in this case, as there are several sources of heat existing in the workplace. You might need to install a local exhaust ventilation system used along with your central AC. As your HVAC maintenance expert, we’ll ensure that your AC units deliver peak performance to uphold comfortable indoor temperatures year-round.
Access to Water
Workers can easily get dehydrated in hot working conditions, which is why it’s essential to have easy access to drinking water. You should also encourage them to drink water frequently throughout the day to keep their bodies cool, even if they don’t feel thirsty.
Whether you need heat pump repair or air conditioning replacement, Dittmer Air and Heat is the company you can trust. Our top-notch solutions will help you create a productive, work-conducive environment. Contact us today at (321) 408-5090 in Cocoa or (407) 233-0730 in Orlando to learn more about our products and services.