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Did you know that heat-related illnesses account for 738 worker deaths and nearly 70,000 serious injuries in the United States?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we should be planning ahead for work-related heat exposure and the potential for heat-related illnesses as heat stress impacts many types of workers in a variety of industries.
Factors Impacting Heat-Related Stress:
Tips on Staying Safe From Heat at Work:
- Stay hydrated - always have water when outdoors.
- Take frequent breaks - seek shade or air-conditioning if you can frequently.
- Build tolerance - slowly get your body used to working in the heat (acclimatize).
- Dress light - wear light colors and lightweight clothing if you can.
- Monitor the weather - partner up when you can so you have a support system.
- Be alert to signs of heat-related illnesses - know what to look for and check on co-workers.
Symptoms and Prevention of Heat-Related Disorders:
- Dry, hot reddish skin and lack of sweating
- High body temperature
- Strong, rapid pulse
- Slurred speech
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:
- Excessive sweating
- Weakness or fatigue
- Clammy skin
- Muscle cramps
- Flushed complexion
The importance of heat-related safety at work is ongoing and should not be taken lightly. Employees and employers should support each other during the hot months and make sure everyone is aware of the risks, signs, and symptoms of heat stress and heat-related illnesses.