- Work in hot and humid conditions
- Do heavy physical labor
- Don’t drink enough water
- Signs of Heat Exhaustion:
- Weakness and wet skin
- Headache, dizziness, or fainting
- Nausea or vomiting
- Signs of Heat Stroke:
- Confusion or fainting
- May stop sweating - dry, hot skin
- Convulsions or seizures
- Light-colored (white, etc.)
- Wearing heavy protective clothing or personal protective equipment (PPE) may increase your risk, you may need more frequent breaks for rest and water.
- Drink water every 15 minutes when working in hot conditions.
- Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink water. You may already be dehydrated if you do wait.
- Do not drink alcohol and avoid caffeine
- Take frequent rest breaks in shaded, cooled, or air-conditioned areas.
- If you see a co-worker with symptoms of heat exhaustion, speak up.
- If you see a co-worker with symptoms of heat stroke, seek medical attention immediately
- Get enough sleep
- Wear light clothing and include a shirt that serves as a shield from the sun’s rays.
- Whenever outside, wear a loose-fitting long-sleeve shirt and long pants. Hard hats will protect the scalp.
- Avoid alcohol: it is particularly dangerous while working in a hot setting
- Drink water moderately, about 4 cups each hour.
- Plan the day to tackle more strenuous jobs during the cooler morning hours
- Rest in shaded areas
- Watch new employees for signs of heat illness because it takes about one week for the body to adjust to the heat.
- Have a heat illness prevention program and emergency plan.
- Provide training on heat hazards and steps to prevent heat-related illnesses.
- Provide clean, cool water - about 4 cups (that’s two 16 oz. bottles) each hour.
- Schedule frequent breaks in shaded or cooled areas.
- Gradually increase workloads for workers new to the heat.
- Place in a tub of cool water or a cool shower.
- Spray with a garden hose.
- Sponge with cool water.
- Fan while misting with cool water.
- Place ice packs or cool wet towels on the neck, armpits and groin.
- Cover with cool damp sheets.
- Let the person drink cool water to rehydrate, if he or she is able. Don’t give sugary, caffeinated or alcoholic beverages to a person with heatstroke. Also avoid very cold drinks, as these can cause stomach cramps.
- Begin CPR if the person loses consciousness and shows no signs of circulation, such as breathing, coughing or movement.
- Drink plenty of water
- Don’t push yourself
- Take frequent breaks
- Get medical help if you stop sweating
Working in Hot WeatherTuesday, June 09, 2020
If a co-worker shows signs of heat stroke, CALL 911.
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PREVENTING INJURIES FROM THE HOT WEATHER
YOUR EMPLOYER SHOULD:
TAKE BREAKS IN THE SHADE
Staying in shade the key to getting through excessive heat. Workers should be given a cool location where they can take their breaks and recover from the heat.
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