Heat Stress Prevention
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Heat stress kills over 300 people each year in the U.S. These deaths are preventable with good safety training.
Overheating can cause dizziness, fainting, heat rashes, cramps, strokes, and in extreme cases, death.
The risk factors for heat stress include:
- High temperatures and humidity
- Direct sun exposure
- Limited air movement
- Low liquid intake
- Heavy physical labor
- And lack of recent exposure to hot workplaces or environments.
Here are some steps you can take to prevent heat stress:
- Schedule jobs in hot climates for cooler months
- Minimize exposure. Work in the early morning or late evening, rather than the hottest part of the day
- Taking frequent breaks in a shaded area while working outside
- Acclimate: the best approach to working in hot environments is gradual exposure.
- Use relief workers or assign extra workers for physically demanding jobs.
- Drink plenty of cool water throughout the day. Staying hydrated is critical.
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as cotton.
The summer months are quickly approaching; be prepared for higher temperatures and stay cool.
Until next time, stay positive, stay safe, and remember your safety training!