Preventing Heat-related Illnesses at Work

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Posted by: CMR June 26, 2024 No Comments

During the hot summer months, outdoor employees are increasingly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses. Normally, the body has ways of keeping itself cool by allowing heat to escape through the skin and evaporating sweat. However, if the body does not cool down properly or enough, a person may suffer a heat-related illness.

Here are the three main types of heat-related illnesses:

  1. Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms caused by heavy exertion. This is generally the result of a loss of water and salt through sweating.
  2. Heat exhaustion is caused by fluid loss and decreased blood flow to the vital organs. This condition can produce flu-like symptoms.
  3. Heatstroke is the most serious heat-related illness and occurs when the body’s internal cooling system has failed. This is a life-threatening condition requiring immediate action.

If you work outdoors this summer, it’s important to follow the proper precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. Consider these simple steps to keep yourself cool and safe:

  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing and some type of hat.
  • Be conscious of warm conditions, especially when performing strenuous tasks.
  • Take breaks in the shade when possible.
  • Avoid overexertion during peak temperature hours, especially midday.
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Stay away from drinks that contain caffeine, as they can dehydrate you.

For additional summer safety tips, contact your supervisor.

Article Published By: Zywave, Inc.

Author: CMR

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