Throughout the summer months, the likelihood of heat related illnesses or heat stress increases dramatically. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. These illnesses and deaths are preventable. Workers exposed to hot and humid conditions are at high risk of heat illness, especially if they are doing heavy work tasks or using bulky protective clothing and equipment. New workers may also be at greater risk than others if they have not built up a tolerance for hot conditions. Employers must take steps to help workers become acclimated and provide techniques to stay hydrated and healthy.
So how can you help prevent heat related illnesses? When working in hot conditions, remember “Water, Rest, Shade.” Drink water every 15 minutes, even when not thirsty. Drinking at shorter intervals is more effective than drinking large amounts infrequently and start hydrating before you head outside. Wear a hat and light-colored clothing. Rest in the shade. Be sure to watch out for fellow workers and know your location in case you need to call for assistance. Get help right away if there are any signs of illness.
The CDC developed a helpful chart that outlines heat related illness symptoms and what to do if you recognize them. For your convenience, we’ve provided a copy of the chart below or you can click here
For more safety tips don’t hesitate to contact the loss control team at Agri-Services Agency. The team can be reached by calling our service center at 877-466-9089.