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07/20/2017

Heat Stress Safety Tips
 

Heat Stress

Please keep a close watch on following :

Any one working or playing outside in the heat.

Elderly and disabled citizens.

Animals and pets that are exposed to the heat.

Never Leave a child in a vehicle alone for any amount of time.

( extreme heat inside of a parked vehicle can kill quickly )

Use Caution when around children's play ground equipment, the equipment may become very hot from exposure to the sun, and serious skin burn's may occur when contact is made by children touching hot play ground equipment.

Heat stress, from exertion or hot environments, places workers at risk for illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, or heat cramps.

Heat Stroke is a condition that occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature, and can cause death or permanent disability.

Symptoms  

High body temperature  

Confusion  

Loss of coordination  

Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating

Throbbing headache  

Seizures

coma

First Aid 

Request immediate medical assistance.  

Move the worker to a cool, shaded area.

Remove excess clothing and apply cool water to their body.

Heat Exhaustion

is the body's response to an excessive loss of water and salt, usually through sweating.

Symptoms

Rapid heart beat 

Heavy sweating

Extreme weakness or fatigue

Dizziness

Nausea, vomiting

Irritability

Fast, shallow breathing

Slightly elevated body temperature First Aid

Rest in a cool area.

Drink plenty of water or other cool beverages.

Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.

(Heat Stress) 

Protecting Yourself from:

Heat Cramps Affect workers who sweat a lot during strenuous activity.

Sweating depletes the body's salt and moisture levels. Symptoms

Muscle cramps, pain, or spasms in the abdomen, arms or legs First Aid

Stop all activity, and sit in a cool place.

Drink clear juice or a sports beverage, or drink water with food.  

Do not return to strenuous work for a few hours after the cramps subside.

Seek medical attention if you have the following: heart problems, are on a low-sodium diet, or if the cramps do not subside within one hour.

Protect Yourself and avoid heavy exertion, extreme heat, sun exposure, and high humidity when possible. When these cannot be avoided, take the following preventative steps:

Monitor your physical condition and that of your coworkers for signs or symptoms of heat illnesses. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as cotton.

Avoid non-breathable synthetic clothing.

Gradually build up to heavy work.

Schedule heavy work during the coolest parts of day.

Take more breaks when doing heavier work, and in high heat and humidity.  

Take breaks in the shade or a cool area.

Drink water frequently. Drink enough water that you never become thirsty. 

Be aware that protective clothing or personal protective equipment may increase the risk of heat-related illnesses

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