Heat-illness prevention: Water, rest, shade & acclimate

by on June 3, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

With warm weather on the way—and summer’s peak hot days coming—now’s a good time to prep workers in how to prevent heat-related illnesses. Some keys:

  1. Know the tasks that are the riskiest and locations of the greatest dangers. If it’s a warehouse with minimum ventilation, prep workers for that (including improving ventilation—even an open door and fans can help). If they are working outside in areas where there is minimum/no shade, flag that as requiring extra attention.
  2. Focus on water, rest, and shade. Workers need to stay well-hydrated—that’s the most important thing when the heat spikes. Drink at least every 15 minutes, and remember if you are thirsty, you’re already at least one quart low. Offer extra breaks when necessary, and if possible, offer a shaded place to rest. If workers must spend long periods in the sun, a tent or shade sail will offer real protection during breaks.
  3. Give time to acclimate. A sudden spike in temperature can wreak havoc. Workers need to get accustomed to working in the heat each year, so give them the training and breaks they need.

Bottom line: Each year, the summer headlines include stories of heat stroke. With some preparation, you can prevent it at your facility.

Info: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html

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