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Dealing with Heat Stress

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Are you prepared for the hot summer ahead?

Do you work in extreme heat conditions or supervise those that do?

What steps do you take to protect employees from heat stress? Do you have a responsibility to protect your workers?

Working in heat

Summertime in North Carolina can provide one of the key ingredients in the perfect storm that can lead to heat related injuries. Recognizing the hazards and taking preventative measures could help prevent serious physical harm and or death.

Planning to prevent heat related injuries includes education on heat stress and heat strain. Understanding and being able to identify warning signs of heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke is an important part of preparing for the impending summer weather. Do you know what to look for and how to treat these illnesses?

Environmental factors also play a role in workplace safety during the summertime. What does the heat index have to do with risk? Temperature, humidity, and clothing choices are some of the items to consider when calculating the risk of heat disorders.

Physical factors also play a role for each person working in extreme heat conditions. Prior heat injuries predispose workers to additional injury. Medical conditions, age, and weight are just some of many factors to consider when protecting your associates from the working conditions.

Prevention and control play a part in planning. Engineering controls, work practice controls, and personal protective equipment (PPE) can play a key role in a prevention plan. Implementation of acclimatization techniques for workers can also help associate prepare for summer work in warmer conditions.

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