Personal protective equipment and heat: risk of heat stress

Date published: 22 July 2021

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. Heat stress can cause heat exhaustion and lead to heat stroke if the person is unable to cool down.

This document contains further information and actions which can be taken when working in hot conditions and using PPE.