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Working Safely In Hot Temperatures

Posted on 06/06/2013

With temperatures heating up during the summer months, individuals with jobs outside must know how to work safely and prevent heat stroke. Below are tips from the National Safety Council’s Safety and Health Magazine. If you or a loved one works outside in hot temperatures, please pay attention to the signs of heat stroke and how to prevent it.

During a heat stroke, the body fails to control its temperature. The body’s temperature can rise to 106 degrees or higher in a time span of just 10 to 15 minutes. When this occurs to a worker and treatment is not administered immediately, death or permanent disability can result.

National Safety Council Heat Stroke Symptoms:

  • High body temperature (above 103 degrees F)
  • Red, hot and dry skin with no visible sweating
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness/nausea
  • Unconsciousness

Heat Stroke Prevention:

  • Drink 2-4 cups of water every hour
  • Avoid beverages with caffeine, alcohol or sugar
  • Work outdoor in mornings and evenings
  • Rest in shaded area
  • Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunblock

In the event of heat stroke, it is imperative to call for help immediately. Move the worker to a shaded area and place them in cold water or shower, or spray with a garden hose. Do not give them fluids to drink.

Working in the Heat:

  • Schedule work in hot regions during cooler months
  • Acclimate workers to environment
  • Use relief workers for outdoor jobs
  • Schedule regular rest periods
  • Train workers to deal with heat stress

 

Safety at work is very important to the Charles E. Boyk Law Offices. If you have any questions regarding the conditions at your place of employment, call our lawyers at 800.637.8170.