SUMMER HEAT & WORK: TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND

  • Heat Stress: Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses and injuries. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes.
  • Heat Stroke: most serious heat-related disorder. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body's temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Symptoms Include; hot, dry skin or profuse sweating, Hallucinations, Chills, Throbbing headache, High body temperature, Confusion/dizziness & Slurred speech.
  • Work site safety: First Aid

Take the following steps to treat a worker with heat stroke:

  • Call 911 and notify their supervisor.
  • Move the sick worker to a cool shaded area.
  • Cool the worker using methods such as:
    • Soaking their clothes with water
    • Spraying, sponging, or showering them with water
    • Fanning their body

For more details please visit cdc.gov/worksite safety tips