Heat Stress Management
Heat Stress at Work
Working in Singapore’s hot and humid weather can put you at an increased risk of heat stress.
Heat stress occurs when the body is unable to remove excess body heat, and this excess accumulated heat then harms the body.
Heat stress related illnesses include heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, with heat stroke being potentially fatal.
Preventing Heat Stress
Heat stress must not be overlooked, and you should take the necessary measures to protect yourself from heat-related risks.
- Do not over-exert yourself in the first two weeks of work, especially if you have just arrived from a cooler country.
- Acclimatise yourself to the hot weather.
- Wear loose-fitting and light-coloured clothes when outdoors.
- Work under the shade where possible.
- Drink lots of water – at least 500ml (one bottle) every hour.
- Take regular breaks in cool shaded areas.
- Sponge yourself with water during breaks or meals.
- Adopt a healthy lifestyle with proper meals and sleep.
Helping Someone with Heat Stroke
If you notice someone with signs of heat stroke, call 995 for an ambulance immediately. While waiting for the ambulance, you should:
- Move the person to a shady or cooler area;
- Loosen or remove the person’s clothing;
- Apply cool water and fan on the person; and
- Place ice packs under the person’s armpits and groin area.