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Temperature Changes in the Workplace

Certain types of jobs require employees to be exposed to abrupt changes in temperature, such as jobs in restaurant kitchens, bakeries, refrigerated product packaging, foundries, cooling appliances, or jobs in extremely hot weather where air conditioners are commonly used. Due to the nature of these jobs, there are common health risks that tend to affect workers with these duties.

Temperature changes may not be appropriate for employees and the environment where they work, affecting primarily their physical health, as well as their job performance. One of the solutions to this problem is to maintain a constant temperature (around 98.6°); all companies should follow workplace environmental conditions to avoid any physical injury.

Changes in temperature; that is, transitions from a hot environment to a freezing one, or the reverse, can have an effect on muscles and provoke injuries and pain. With cold temperatures, sprains, twists, and spasms are common; the neck and back being the areas most affected by this type of injury, which if not properly treated can result in chronic pain.

Likewise, employees who work in contact with hot and cold water, such as washing dishes or working in laundry service and other industrial activities develop inflammation and injuries to tendons and joints over time, such as arthritis or rheumatism.

A close connection has also been found between abrupt temperature change and the risk of stroke, since blood vessels contract, the heart works harder and blood composition changes, increasing the risk of clots.

In summary, some consequences or injuries from exposure to low temperatures on the job may be:

  • Frequent respiratory illness
  • Stress
  • Jitteriness
  • Drowsiness
  • Low concentration
  • Freezing of some part of the body
  • Lung, eye, and ear problems.

Some prevention measures that can be taken against exposure to low temperatures on the job are:

  • Wear a uniform and special clothing and equipment
  • Follow an appropriate diet for this type of climate
  • Plan pauses and breaks to diminish exposure time, relax muscles, and eat
  • Use a safety system and measures to avoid accidents in the work area
  • Use a work area with ventilation and refrigeration systems
  • Stay hydrated.

Some of the consequences or injuries from being exposed to high temperatures on the job are:

  • Burns
  • Fainting or weakness
  • Dehydration
  • Thermal shock.

Finally, managers and supervisors should be aware that any change in workers’ health will directly affect the company’s productivity.

If you are experiencing physical problems or have injuries due to exposure to temperature changes at your job, don’t hesitate to contact Grupo MedLegal, where we will gladly provide free legal counsel for your case and medical care for your injuries. We have an excellent legal team specialized in this type of case. Get in touch with any of our offices in major cities of the United States

This Blog is made available by Grupo MedLegal for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or medical advice. The information provided on the Blog should not be used as a substitute for competent legal or medical advice from a licensed professional.

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