Heat-related illness prevention

More than likely you have heard about the warnings of excessive heat this week.  For anyone who may have to work outside in the summer heat, please take the following precautions:

  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke
  • Acclimate to any job that requires working in a hot environment
  • If possible, modify the work schedule during the summer hours
  • Drink plenty of fluids, drink BEFORE you are thirsty; continue to drink water every 15 minutes
  • Avoid beverages with caffeine
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing

The Department of Energy’s Office of Environment, Health, Safety & Security recognizes the risk of heat illness to outdoor workers and recently released a document titled A Hot Topic: Preventing and Recognizing Heat-Related Illness to assist in work planning for outdoor activities. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also offers guidance on protecting workers from heat-related illness, and has an entire webpage full of resources: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html