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Heat Stress Awareness

Be Aware of Heat Stress Hazards

When the mercury rises, so does the risk of heat-related illness from heat stress. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, or OSHA, employers can minimize heat stress hazards by ensuring workers are allowed water, time for rest on the job, and shade when working outdoors.

Keep cold water at the ready with coolers, ice makers and beverage accessories. Because moving air feels cooler than stagnant air, portable fans can create a climate that’s more comfortable to work in. Specialized cooling accessories like cooling towels and head bands can help to lower body temperature while wicking away moisture. A secondary hazard of working in high temperatures is injury due to accidents. Sweat makes it harder to grip tools, so having proper hand protection available is important.

If a worker starts showing signs of heat stress, it’s critical to cool them down fast to avoid potentially life-threatening conditions. Be ready to respond with the proper first aid and emergency showers for quick cooldowns. Find more information about preventing heat stress and heat-related illness in Safety Matters.