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HEAT ILLNESS PREVENTION

INTRO

 

Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while working in extreme heat or humid conditions. More than 40 percent of heat-related worker deaths occur in the construction industry, but workers in every field are susceptible. There are a range of heat illnesses and they can affect anyone, regardless of age or physical condition.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS
 

• Limit time in the heat and/or increase recovery time spent in a cool environment.
• Reduce the metabolic demands of the job.
• Increase the number of workers per task.
• Implement a buddy system where workers observe each other for signs of heat intolerance.
• Require workers to conduct self-monitoring and create a work group to make decisions on self-monitoring options and standard operating procedures.

HEAT EXHAUSTION

 

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include the following:

 

• Excessive sweating

 

• Cool, clammy skin

 

• Pale or ashen appearance

 

• Rapid heartbeat

 

• Headache

 

• Dizziness

 

• Nausea or vomiting

 

• Abdominal or muscle cramps

 

• Fatigue

 

• Fainting

 

• Weakness

 

• Slight fever

HEAT STROKE

Heat stroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion, and it can come on suddenly. Symptoms of heat stroke include the following:

 

• High body temperature, 103 degrees Fahrenheit or more

 

• Red, hot, or dry skin

 

• Racing pulse

 

• Rapid and shallow breathing

 

• Confusion

 

• Seizures

 

• Hallucinations

 

• Unusual behavior, such as irritability or aggressiveness

 

• Dark urine

 

• Nausea

 

• Throbbing headache

 

• Unconsciousness

 

Always remember to drink plenty of water and keep an eye on yourself and your coworkers.

 

Make sure you know the differences between heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If heat

 

exhaustion is what you are dealing with, get the person to a shady area and have them sip

 

some water. If you suspect it to be a more serios condition as in heat stroke, move the

 

person to a shaded area and get immediate

 

medical attention.

Ten Reasons Employees Are Hurt At Work...Something To Think About  

1)  Self Reliance: An individual belief that ..."I Can Do It Myself and My Way".

 

2)  Habit: The work process has become routine: "I Have Always Done It This Way".
 

3)  Complacency: The work processes are familiar, there is a failure to recognize changes:

      "I Didn't Know ....."

 

4)  Short Cuts: A belief culminating from reasons One through Three, there is a faster easier          way based upon Risk vs. Consequences. Failure to assess hazards, behaviors and

      environments.

 

5)  Lack of Training: At the time of Orientation, Job or Position Change, Structure or

      Process Changes.

 

6)  Management Directives: Direct or Assumed Contradiction of policies, procedures or

      instructions by organizational leadership.

 

7)  Lack of Communication: Failure to provide or understand essential information and

      directives.

 

8)  Lack of Proper Equipment: Failure to provide, obtain, or utilize proper and essential

      equipment properly and routinely.

 

9)  Using Defective Equipment: Failure to maintain or replace equipment. Failure to Audit.

 

10)  Fatigue, Drugs, Alcohol

 

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