Heat stress is a very real concern in hot weather. Not only can it have a detrimental effect on machinery but of a more major concern, it can be very hazardous and even fatal to people exposed to hot work areas. Luckily, there are precautions you can take to prevent heat stress.
The Effect of Extreme Heat on the Body
As OSHA explains, heat becomes a hazard for workers when the ambient temperature reaches close to body temperature. This makes it difficult for the body to regulate its own temperature. As the ambient temperature rises, it becomes increasingly difficult for the body to cool itself through the normal process of perspiring. When this happens, heat gets retained within the body, which can lead to impaired cognition, fainting, or even death.