Occupational Safety and Health
Occupational Safety and Health

Workers (People), on Sunday 27th October, delegates of the St.Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour Union gathered at Masses House for the 80th annual conference, and the theme (main topic of discussion) was ‘All Hands On Deck In Securing Our Future’ which is appropriate, and I love it to my heart.

This Union always says to speak the truth quietly and clearly and also to listen to others, even those of a different mindset for they too have their story.

Let me move on and say something about physical work again. Any kind of physical work requires the worker to generate energy by muscle action. Most of this energy eventually appears as heat within the body. This is why physical work always warming. The heat which generated inside the body in this way combines with the heat coming from the environment and from machine to actually raise the body temperature.

Hello! This leads immediately to discomfort and can quickly become dangerous because the body is meant to be more or less a constant temperature. To protect the body, there will be natural tendency to slow the rate of work and movement so as to reduce the possibility of excessive heat stress. Now worker (people), let me ask you this question, and surely you can have a discussion with your co-workers.

Why is heat stress undesirable? My answer to the question is sweating. When any liquid evaporates, there is a cooling effect. This is why the skin or porous pots containing water keep cooler than metal containers. Water that can leak through to a surface will evaporate and cause cooling. This is the same way the body cools itself. Water comes through the skin and evaporates.

Note that this sweat contains salt which is why sweat has a salty taste. If there is a lot of sweating, this salt has to be replaced by adding more salt to the food or taking salt tablets. If you get cramp in muscles regularly, this might be due to a shortage of salt.

Hello, this is part of this trade union’s education by writing in this newspaper, and so I would encourage you to continue to read.              “

*Note Well* Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said these words: “We must build dikes (dagger) of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”

Thank you for reading.