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.
Symptoms: Heat stress can affect individuals in different ways, and some people are more susceptible to it than others. Its symptoms are inability to concentrate, muscle cramps, heat rash, severe thirst - a late symptom of heat stress, fainting, heat exhaustion - fatigue, giddiness, nausea, headache, moist skin, Heat stroke - hot dry skin, confusion, convulsions and eventual loss of consciousness. This is the most severe disorder and can result in death if not detected at an early stage.
Around 10,649 deaths are caused due to heat stress overall world and about 15% are from Singapore