The Hot and Cold Truths of Thermal Stress

The thermal environment can have a significant effect on people, with the potential to be fatal.

Dehydration and heat stress can result in health effects that include cramp, dizziness, and nausea. Cold stress has a different effect but can result in health effects such as hypothermia and frost bite. Although less common, it can not be ignored in some parts of Australia.

Due to the climate in Australia heat stress often presents a significant health risk for personnel – due to the constant heat and humidity.

Things to consider in preventing adverse outcomes from thermal stress include:

  • Sufficient intake of water to remain hydrated.
  • Appropriate break lengths.
  • Shelter from the weather.
  • Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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