Environment Canada issued a weather report “special” high heat for southwestern Quebec.
Mercury is expected to exceed 30 degrees Celsius during the day, at least until Wednesday, and hover around 20 degrees at night.
Although the humidex will not be high, high temperatures could cause trouble for some vulnerable people, including young children and the elderly, especially in urban areas.
Environment Canada does not speak of “oppressive heat”, but encourages people to check the forecast regularly updated on its website.
The CSST gets involved
Moreover, high temperatures the next few days or even the next few weeks, encouraging the Commission to health and safety (CSST) to remind employers and workers it is essential to take preventive measures to avoid the “heat stroke” .The CSST emphasizes that these heatstroke cause significant discomfort and may even be fatal.
Some industries are more at risk, including forestry, agriculture, construction, landscaping and sawmills.
The CSST believes that the danger is greatest during the first days of hot weather, while the body is not yet acclimatized to these temperatures.
Between 2010 and 2014, in Quebec, an average of 22 workers per year have suffered from a serious illness resulting from work to heat.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion are dizziness, lightheadedness, and fatigue. A sufferer may hold incoherent, lose balance, or fainting.
To prevent such incidents, the CSST press employers and workers to take preventive measures to be taken. First, the employer must organize work by giving lighter tasks to be performed in rotation. Ultimately, some heavy tasks must be carried at other times. The employer must also provide for longer and more frequent breaks in air-conditioned rest areas or in the shade, and provide cool water to workers in sufficient quantity. The employer must inform all workers and supervisors about the risks associated with heat stroke and how to prevent them. For their part, workers must comply with the measures put in place, drink at least a glass of water every 20 minutes and wear light clothing and light colors.