May 25 marks Heat Safety Awareness Day. Did you know that heat is number one weather related killed in the United States? Every year hundreds of thousands of workers are subjected to heat and most are not adequately protected or educated to know the signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke.
Education and Prevention are the keys to protecting your employees. Please take a few minutes to review the following information and pass it along to your employees.
Heat exhaustion can be a serious matter in the work place and has affected thousands yearly. If not treated early, this condition can become deadly. However, through awareness this condition can be prevented or addressed quickly without complications.
Heat Exhaustion begins when the body is lacking fluids. Since working hard in the summer heat can cause the body to heavily perspire, dehydration can occur quickly. There are a range of symptoms that can indicate a person is suffering from heat exhaustion.
At this point these are indications that the person’s body temperature is rising above normal.
How to Treat Heat Exhaustion
When the body is unable to cool itself down quick enough to manage the heated environment, heat stroke can occur which is a very serious condition. Often sufferers of this condition can exhibit nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, disorientation and an elevated body temperature up to 105. A red face can indicate a rise in blood pressure. Also a person may feel so fatigued that he/she is unable to move their limbs or entire body. At this point, medical attention such as 911 should be summoned immediately. Keep the person as cool as possible by applying cold compresses to the skin and move to a shady rest area while waiting for medical attention.
How to Prevent Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke in the Work place
When a job function requires employees to work in hot conditions for prolonged hours many steps must be taken to assure that the person avoids heat stress.