Caroline Hetfield

Summer is here, and temperatures will continue to climb. Take reasonable precautions against the heat. Photo: Mr.TinDC Both indoor and outdoor workers can be at risk for heat stress, and humidity compounds the risk. It increases the heat index and the probability of sunstroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and fatigue. Extreme heat can cause illness and death as well. To avoid heat stress over the summer: Drink plenty of water. Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing. Take frequent short breaks in…

As fall approaches, thoughts of protecting oneself from influenza, or the flu, come to mind. The flu is a viral infection that is spread through air in droplets when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or talks. Typically, influenza viruses circulate in the United States from late fall through early spring. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to recommend an annual influenza vaccine for all persons older than six months and who have no contraindication to the vaccine…