Personal protective equipment: risk of heat stress

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We’re aware that some areas of the region could experience the hottest day this year so far, so we’re reminding staff to take extra care in the heat – especially when wearing PPE.

Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) in warm/hot environments increases the risk of heat stress. This occurs when the body is unable to cool itself enough to maintain a healthy temperature.

To stay safe – remember to:

  • Stay hydrated
  • When in your vehicle, keep the air conditioning on – but with the windows closed so that it will work more efficiently
  • Doff Level 2 PPE as soon as it is safe to do so
  • If you are feeling unwell, flag your concerns with your line manager.


Published 16 June 2021

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