Safety Tips

It’s hot! Work safely in the heat!

Filed in Safety Tips by on July 20, 2013
It’s hot!  Work safely in the heat!

With record temperatures occurring in all areas of the country this summer, it’s important to know the difference between two types of heat illnesses: heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Heat Exhaustion is characterized by moist, clammy, sweaty skin; dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, weakness, cramps (especially in the legs) and even nausea and vomiting.

Symptoms of Heat Stroke, a more extreme type of heat illness, include red, dry, hot skin (not sweaty); high body temperature, confusion, fainting and even convulsions.  Be aware of the behavior of your fellow workers.

IT IS CRITICAL TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE, AS 20% OF HEAT STROKE VICTIMS DIE.

Both heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be avoided by wearing a hat and light colored clothing, and by drinking plenty of water (starting early in the day, and then every 15 minutes even if you’re not thirsty). Gatorade or other sports drinks are OK, but avoid sodas, coffee and any alcoholic beverages.  Rest in the shade when necessary, and CALL 911 or get other help should you or a co-worker start to exhibit any of the above symptoms of heat illness.

Heat Safety Poster PDFMore information on heat illness can be found in the Heat Stress and Safety training video.  Please print and tack this poster to your staff bulletin board.