India Isn’t Ready for a Deadly Combination of Heat and Humidity

Where technical solutions can’t be used, there are still administrative controls that could help, she adds—like frequent breaks for people working under heat wave conditions. The body has another protective mechanism—exhaustion—that tells you to rest when overheating, but workers may not always have the opportunity to stop working, she says. In such cases, Venugopal recommends that two people do a job on rotation if it requires heavy exertion or being outdoors.

But the challenge lies in getting buy-in across India’s many cottage and small-scale industries. Until the government adopts stringent mandates requiring employers to protect their staff from extreme heat, individual businesses can choose whether to adopt or ignore suggestions

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