Heat Related Illness Safety Tips

Heat Safety Tips

Heat Related Illnesses

Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress, especially during the hot summer months. Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses and injuries. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes. Heat can also increase the risk of injuries in workers as it may result in sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and dizziness. Burns may also occur because of accidental contact with hot surfaces or steam. This can be prevented by taking the proper precautions.

It is important to be able to identify symptoms of heat related illnesses. Symptoms may include confusion, loss of consciousness, hot skin or profuse sweating, seizures, nausea, dizziness, muscle cramps or weakness.

Further symptoms of specific heat related illnesses can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/heatrelillness.html.

Recommendations to prevent such illnesses include:

  • Increased air velocity
  • Wear lightweight clothing
  • Limiting time in the heat
  • Constantly supervise for heat illness symptoms
  • Monitor weather reports
  • Have portable water available
  • Stay away from dehydrating drinks such as coffee or soda
  • Take constant rest breaks