Here is information we’d like to share from Vicky Pickford, Manager, SafetyPoster.com.
Heat illness is dangerous. But it doesn’t strike without warning. There are usually signs and symptoms associated with the various forms of heat illness–heat cramps, heat exhaustion and, most dangerous of all, heat stroke (I’ll refer to all of them collectively as “heat stress”). The problem is that supervisors and workers aren’t always attuned to these signs. As a result, they lose the chance to help themselves or their co-workers. Or, they actually do something to make the situation worse – like drink a couple of cans of beer when they’re feeling fatigued and overheated.
That’s why it’s essential to educate any of your workers and supervisors who work in hot conditions about the dangers of heat stress. Education isn’t just required by law; it can be the difference between life and death.
What should Employers do:
- Train workers on the dangers of heat illness and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of the two main types of heat illness: heat stroke and heat exhaustion
- Provide workers at risk of heat illness with cool, fresh water to drink
- Provide a shaded area for workers to cool down in
- Give workers time to get used to the heat, especially new workers and during a heat wave
- Try to limit outside or especially rigorous work to the cooler times of day
- Prepare a heat stress plan for preventing heat illnesses and responding to them when they occur.
*Information from Safetyposter.com