Continued High Temps Mean Workers Need To Keep Cool: Workplace NL

July 26th, 2018
  • Continued High Temps Mean Workers Need To Keep Cool: Workplace NL
  • As the heat warning continues for parts of central and eastern Newfoundland, Workplace NL is urging people to take extra care while at work.

    Persistent hot and humid temperatures increase the risk of heat-related illness. WorkplaceNL says this is especially the case for those working in commercial kitchens, laundries and bakeries, or those working outdoors.

    Prolonged exposure to heat while working may cause heat stress. The symptoms of which include profuse sweating, dizziness, confusion, and heat stroke or exhaustion.

    WorkplaceNL encourages everyone to watch for the signs. Early indicators include headaches, nausea, irritability, thirst and heavy sweating.

    If heat stress occurs, call for medical assistance and move the person to rest in a shady area before cooling them with water.

    WorkplaceNL recommends taking precautions by drinking plenty of water, reducing strenuous work during hot periods and by taking regular breaks in cool areas.

    Also, prevent unnecessary exposure to heat outdoors by wearing a hat and loose-fitting, weather-appropriate clothing.

    More information can be found at

    Thermometers Rising, Records Falling

    As hot temperatures continue to sweep the eastern and central portions of the province, the high temperatures in July are breaking records.

    PAL Airlines and Aerospace Meteorologist Brian Walsh took to Twitter to say that yesterday’s temperature at St. John’s International peaked at 25. 6 degrees, and was the 10th day in July with a temperature of at least 25 degrees Celsius.

    He notes that in 2017, there were just 9 days that broke the 25 degree mark, and only two of those were in July.

    Walsh says from 1942 to 2017, the annual average number of 25 degree days in St. John’s is 10.

    Posted on July 26th, 2018