Casting work environment and thermal stress
The human body is a wonderful machine, capable of great things. However, it should always be the perfect balance. For example, changes in temperature mean the body has to adapt in order to survive.
Foundry furnaces and molten metal create a very hot working environment. Additional heat sources are created by heating the mold and core, preheating the ladle, and heat treating the metal casting. Workers engaged in slagging furnaces and ladles, and those working near molten metal experience the most severe heat exposure.
Signs and symptoms of heat stress
Heat stress usually begins as profuse sweating and rashes, but if left unchecked, it can lead to heat cramps, exhaustion, and in extreme cases, heat stroke. can lead to confusion, muscle spasms, and even death. Here are some signs that should not be ignored in workplaces with high risk of heat stress, such as foundries.
- heavy sweating
- fatigue and weakness
- dizziness or fainting
- slurred or blurred vision
- nausea and vomiting
- painful muscle spasms
Workers who regularly work in hot environments may adapt to some degree of heat. Acclimatization reduces heat discomfort and increases the effectiveness of sweating. Although acclimation can provide partial protection from extreme heat, adverse health effects in exposed workers can still occur.
We work with Elliott to select the best primary protective gear to help reduce the potential for heat stress while helping employees feel more comfortable so they can work longer in these extreme temperatures. . Also, for more information, How to manage heat stress in the workplace.
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