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  • How Excessive Heat Impacts Worker Safety

    Excessive heat in the workplace is a very real hazard. In 2014, 18 U.S. workers lost their lives because of overheating. Over 2,600 more suffered heat-related illness. As heartbreaking as these statistics are, it’s even more tragic when you realize that in all probability, most or all of these casualties could have been prevented.

    Keeping cool at work isn’t just a matter of comfort. Let’s take a look at workplace heat exposure, how it affects workers, and how heat injury on the job can be avoided.

    What Is Heat Illness?
    The human body is designed to maintain a constant internal temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When a person’s environment gets too warm, his or her body reacts by trying to cool down through sweating and increased blood circulation (higher heart rate). Prolonged and/or unrelieved exposure to heat (especially when the air is humid or still) can overwhelm the body and cause these coping mechanisms to fail or to become dangerously excessive. When this happens, the person will experience one or more of the following heat-related illnesses:

    • Heat rash
    • Heat cramps
    • Heat exhaustion
    • Heat stroke

     

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    When a person sweats, small amounts of electrolytes – the electrically charged minerals sodium, potassium, chloride, and magnesium – are lost from the body along with water.
    Electrolytes are chemical substances which, when dissolved or lost in sweat, are missing the electrically charged particles or ions. These ions are necessary for cellular metabolism, for intra- and extra-cellular chemical balance, and for assisting in the neuro-metabolic expenditure of caloric energy.
    Basically, many normal bodily functions are dependent on these substances. As important as the fuel you consume and the water you drink during exercise is a consistent replenishment of electrolytes. Regular body functions, and performance performance, are severely compromised if adequate levels of electrolytes are not present, especially in the heat and/or when physical activity continues over prolonged periods of time.
    To replenish lost electrolytes, a person ordinarily needs only to eat a regular diet that meets energy and nutrient needs. In extreme or demanding activities, electrolyte replacements may be needed.

    Heat-related symptoms range from mild to life threatening and may include cramping, fatigue, nausea and/or vomiting, headaches, confusion, dizziness, fainting, sweating, hot or cold and clammy skin, skin rash, agitation or anxiety, excessive thirst, bloody stool or urine, excessively fast or slow heart rate, fever, delirium, loss of consciousness and/or convulsions.

    Affected persons should be treated immediately with the appropriate first aid for heat illness. Treatments vary according to the type and severity of heat illness, but may include removing the person to a cool location, giving him or her fluids, and helping him or her cool down with the aid of fans, cool compresses and other similar measures.

    What Workplace Conditions Contribute to Heat Illness?
    In addition to temperature, contributing factors to heat illness include high humidity and lack of air movement. These things hinder the body’s ability to shed excess heat through evaporative cooling.

    Workplace conditions that are red flags for potential heat illness include working in or near:

    o Heat-generating machinery or hot pipes
    o High-humidity areas
    o Areas with still or stagnant air
    o Areas where outside heat comes inside
    o Higher level areas where heat is trapped, such as near the ceiling
    o Hot materials

    In addition, wearing protective gear can hinder the body’s ability to regulate heat, while working under heavy time or productivity pressure can cause workers to overexert themselves in a hot environment, putting them at greater risk for heat-related illness.

    How to Prevent Heat Illness in the Workplace
    Employers can minimize risk to their workers by utilizing the following checklist:

    Monitor heat and humidity levels and plan an alternate routine for hot and humid conditions.
    Keep workers hydrated. Make sure all employees have access to water and encourage them to take hydration breaks as needed.
    Provide adequate breaks and recovery time for employees who must work in warm conditions, especially those who are wearing personal protective equipment, on medication or have a previous history of heat-related illness.
    Adjust productivity expectations. Plan for a reasonable work pace that does not overtax the body in warm conditions.
    Acclimatize new workers.Give new hires shorter shifts and/or more frequent breaks to allow their bodies to get used to working in the heat.
    Rotate work shifts and/or locations to minimize heat exposure.
    Insulate hot water pipes and heating ducts to prevent heat loss into the workspace.
    Enclose or isolate hot machinery to keep your work areas cooler.
    Implement safety training. Make sure all employees know how to recognize heat-related symptoms and what to do if they appear.
    Provide proper ventilation and air flow. Make sure your HVAC is running properly, and add fans as necessary to create an evaporative cooling effect.

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    Finally, if you hear complaints from your workers, take them seriously. Workers have a right to a safe workplace and may file a complaint with OSHA if they believe their employer is not adhering to heat safety standards. Adding a few fans or allowing an extra break for water is a small price to pay for keeping your employees healthy and happy, and your production line running smoothly despite the heat.

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    Extreme Heat ??

    Do You Know the Signs of a Heat Stroke?

    Heat Stroke First Aid Treatment

    What is Heat Exhaustion?

    Treating Heat Exhaustion

    How do Hurricanes relate to Extreme Heat?

  • Do You Know the Signs of a Heat Stroke?

    We've shared articles on What is Heat Stroke?, as well as Heat Stroke First Aid Treatment in the past, but now, as we see countless heat related injuries occuring aorund the nation, it is time for anu update.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature. The body's temperature rises rapidly, sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down.

    Do you know the signs of heat stroke? While warning signs may vary, symptoms may include:

    • An extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees Fahrenheit);
    • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating);
    • Rapid, strong pulse; and
    • Dizziness

    According to the CDC, if someone experiences signs of a heat stroke, have someone else call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the person by:

    • Getting him or her to a shady area; and/or
    • Immersing the person in a tub of cool water, placing him or her in a cool shower, or spraying the person with cool water from a garden hose.

    Be sure to monitor the person’s body temperature, and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit. If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions. Don’t give the victim fluids to drink.

    If emergency treatment isn’t provided, heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability. To learn more about this and other heat-related illnesses, read What is Heat Exhaustion?Treating Heat Exhaustion & Extreme Heat ??

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  • "Hot! Hot! Hot!" Can Be Dangerous

    Heat-Related Illnesses [?]

    "Hot! Hot! Hot!" Can Be Dangerous

    extreme heatBusinesses and their employees are feeling the heat these days! And OSHA, NIOSH and the CDC have been spreading the word about the hazards of heat exhaustion, heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses on the job. "Overheating" causes hundreds of fatalities every year.

    But you can help prevent seasonal "burnout" with "Heat Stress" safety training products. Our "First Aid" and "Safety Awareness for New Employees" titles address the subject as well.

    Prevent Heat Related Illness

    Download the FREE Heat Related Illness Poster! Download the FREE Heat Related Illness Poster!
    • Take time to acclimatize
    • Stay well hydrated
    • Watch for signs of heat-related illnesses
    • Take time to rest and cool down
  • Summer's comin'

    With Meteorological Summer beginning Today, and Calendar Summer on the 20th, get ready for heat safety...

    Prepare Your Home Now

    • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
    • Weather-strip doors and window sills to keep cool air in. Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers.

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  • Heat Stroke First Aid Treatment

    Image of surfer laying down next to surf board suffering from heat stroke

    How to treat Heat Stroke

    • Call 9-1-1 or activate EMS immediately! A delayed call could be fatal.
    • The main objective of first aid treatment for heat stroke is to lower the casualty’s body temperature as quickly as possible.
    • Move the casualty to a shady or cool place.
    • Loosen and/or remove any sweat-soaked clothing.
    • Cool the casualty’s body by immersing him/her in cold water or if unavailable, sponging him/her down with cold compresses.
    • Fan the casualty with a magazine, cardboard, or an electric fan.
    • Do not give the casualty anything to drink unless their condition stabilizes. Once stabilized, small sips of water can be given. Do not give caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.

    Read more: What is Heat Stroke?Sun SafetyExtreme HeatHow do Hurricanes relate to Extreme Heat?

    Content excerpted from the Urgent First Aid Guide used by permission Copyright 2013 UrgentFirstAid.com
    All Rights Reserved. Get a full copy of the First Aid Guide for under $1!

    Heat Emergencies range from discomfort to life-threatening! Learn the Signs, Symptoms and Treatment of Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Find out about LIVE OSHA Standard First Aid & Emergency Care at your location... check out American CPR Training™

  • What is Heat Stroke?

    Image of hot sunHeat stroke is a life-threatening condition and requires immediate medical attention. Signs of heat stroke include an excessive rise in body temperature, a high fever that can cause permanent brain damage and/or death, hot, red, dry skin, confusion, difficulty talking or walking, or unconsciousness, as well as all the signs of heat exhaustion.

    Also see: Sun Safety & Extreme Heat

    Content excerpted from the Urgent First Aid Guide used by permission Copyright 2013 UrgentFirstAid.com
    All Rights Reserved. Get a full copy of the First Aid Guide for under $1!

    Heat Emergencies range from discomfort to life-threatening! Learn the Signs, Symptoms and Treatment of Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Find out about LIVE OSHA Standard First Aid & Emergency Care at your location... check out American CPR Training™

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