Protect Yourself from Heat Stress
The following information is from:
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Factors Leading to Heat Stress
High temperature and humidity; direct sun or heat; limited air movement; physical exertion; poor physical condition; some medicines; and inadequate tolerance for hot workplaces.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
- Headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting.
- Weakness and moist skin.
- Mood changes such as irritability or confusion.
- Upset stomach or vomiting.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke
- Dry, hot skin with no sweating.
- Mental confusion or losing consciousness.
- Seizures or convulsions.
Preventing Heat Stress
- Know signs/symptoms of heat-related illnesses;
Monitor yourself and coworkers.
- Block out direct sun or other heat sources.
- Use cooling fans/air-conditioning; rest regularly.
- Drink lots of water; about 1 cup every 15 minutes.
- Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothes.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, or heavy meals.
What to Do for Heat-Related Illness
Call 911 (or local emergency number) at once.
While waiting for help to arrive:
- Move the worker to a cool, shaded area.
- Loosen or remove heavy clothing.
- Provide cool drinking water.
- Fan and mist the person with water.
For more information:
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Additional information and resources on heat related illness are available at The National Institute on Aging.