Heat stress warning for WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC is warning employers and workers of the increased risk of developing heat stress and heat stroke symptoms.

Temperatures in the low to high-thirties are expected in parts of the Kootenay region until Sunday, July 5 and WorkSafeBC is warning employers and workers of the increased risk of developing heat stress and heat stroke symptoms.

“Workers in the construction, transportation and forestry sectors comprised the majority of the 27 time-loss claims we had in B.C. last year,” WorkSafeBC’s Regional Prevention Manager, South Okanagan-Kootenay Shawn Mitton said. “It’s important to remember anyone working outside is potentially at risk.”

Symptoms of heat stress include excessive sweating, nausea and dizziness and, if not addressed quickly, additional symptoms such as heat cramps can rapidly develop.

WorkSafeBC is advising employers and workers to drink one glass of water every 20 minutes, wear light-coloured, loose fitting clothing made of breathable fabric, take rest breaks in a cool well ventilated area, allow your body to cool down before restarting your work, do the hardest physical work during the coolest part of the day and recognize the signs and symptoms of heat stress.

As appropriate, heat stress assessment are required for WorkSafeBC employers, which includes a heat stress mitigation plan, personal protective equipment, education and training in recognizing symptoms of heat stress and heat stroke, and participating in monitoring conditions and checking co-workers for symptoms.

WorkSafeBC employers and workers can contact the WorkSafeBC Prevention Line with any questions or concerns at 1-888-621-7233.


Just Posted

RCMP busy with thefts, mortar discovery, assault, arrests, more

Submitted Cst. Debra Katerenchuk, Media Relations Officer, Elk Valley RCMP The Elk… Continue reading

First Nations included in latest Columbia River Treaty talks

Seventh round of negotiations between Canada and U.S. wrap up in Washington D.C.

Elk Valley coach sets sight on all girls hockey team

Statistics from BC Hockey show fewer girls are signing up to play… Continue reading

Proposed Hosmer intersection set to improve safety

A proposed intersection in Hosmer aims to improve the safety of those… Continue reading

Maiden Lake flood mitigations to be completed in full

The City of Fernie will forge ahead with all required flood mitigations… Continue reading

PHOTO: Image of drowned father, daughter at U.S. border underlines migrants’ perils

Journalist Julia Le Duc took searing photo of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and daughter Valeria

Canada Day fireworks cancelled in Fernie

Fireworks will not feature as part of Canada Day celebrations in Fernie… Continue reading

Rock slide in B.C. river may hinder salmon passage

DFO says it is aware that the slide occurred in a narrow portion of the Fraser River

Four-hour tarmac delay violates charter rights of Canadians with a disability: lawsuit

Bob Brown says new rules reduce the distance he can travel by air without putting his health at risk

Fate of accused in Canadian couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Most Read