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Beat the Heat

Posted by Sarah Younes on 8/20/18, 9:44 AM

Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress, especially during the hot summer months. Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses and injuries. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps or heat rashes, and can also increase the risk of injuries as it may cause sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, dizziness or burns if the worker comes in contact with a hot surface or steam.

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ensure their employees stay healthy and safe. Identify potential symptoms of heat related illnesses, including confusion, loss of consciousness, hot skin, profuse sweating, seizur
es, nausea, dizziness, muscle cramps or weaknesses. Once you have identified these risks, take the proper steps to avoid over exposure to heat and prepare yourselves with
the proper tools to react if any of these illnesses or injuries begin to arise.
 
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Further symptoms of specific heat related illnesses can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/heatrelillness.html.  

Recommendations to prevent such illnesses include:

  • Increased air velocity
  • Wear lightweight clothing
  • Limiting time in the heat
  • Constantly supervise for heat illness symptoms
  • Monitor weather reports
  • Have portable water available
  • Stay away from dehydrating drinks such as coffee or soda
  • Take constant rest breaks

 

Topics: SGIA, OSHA