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Individuals differ in their response to heat. Some workers are at greater risk for heat disorders. The reasons include inherited differences in heat tolerance and sweat rate. Excess body weight raises metabolic heat production. Illness, drugs, and medications can also influence your body's response to work in a hot environment. Check with your physician or pharmacist if you are using prescription or over-the-counter medications, or if you have a medical condition.
You should always train and work with a partner
who can help in the event of a problem. Remind each other to drink lots
of fluids and keep an eye on each other. If your partner suffers a heat
disorder, start treatment immediately.
On the Job
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