Heat Stress Safety – Safety Topic

Heat Stress Safety – Safety Topic

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It is getting HOT outside! Occupational Heat Exposure is a serious issue facing outdoor workers. The company has numerous policies and procedures in place to reduce the risk to employees. Heat stress can include dehydration, heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If left untreated, heat stroke can be fatal. Here are some tips to protect yourselves:

  • Drink plenty of water, up to 1 cup every 15 minutes. Include electrolyte containing drinks if profusely sweating
  • Take all scheduled rest breaks in provided shade areas
  • Remove unnecessary PPE while on break
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks and heavy meals before work
  • Create a buddy system and monitor other employees

Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stress:

HEAT EXHAUSTION

  • Cool, moist skin
  • Heavy sweating
  • Headache
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Dizziness/Lightheadedness
  • Weakness
  • Thirst
  • Rapid heart rate

HEAT STROKE

  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Seizures/Convulsions
  • Excess Sweating or
  • Red, hot, dry skin
  • Very high body temp

What to do:

Always notify a supervisor. Never leave the affected employee unattended!

HEAT EXHAUSTION

  • Have worker sit or lie down in a cool, shaded area
  • Give worker plenty of cool water
  • Cool worker with cold compresses
  • If symptoms do not improve within 60 minutes, or begin to worsen, transfer to clinic or hospital
  • Do not have employee return to work that day

HEAT STROKE

  • Call 911!
  • While waiting for help:
    • Loosen clothing, remove outer layers
    • Apply ice packs under arms and in groin area
    • Fan worker, mist with cool water
    • Do not give fluids to an unconscious person

Think SAFE, Be SAFE, Work SAFE.
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