Tips — Preventing Heat Related Illness (Heat Stress)

Various parts of the U.S. are experiencing record breaking summer emperatures. In California alone, more than a 100 people have been reported to have died as a result of the heat wave.

Because of this, various agencies have stepped up their efforts to combat the extreme heat and to prevent heat related incidents. Some helpful links are provided below

NIOSH Topic Area – Heat Stress.
CDC – Tips for Preventing Heat Related Illness

Heat related illnesses include heat fatigue, heat rash, fainting, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Heat stroke is a life threatening condition and must be treated promptly. OSHA recommends that you call 911 at once if you suspect a person is suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Here is a link to OSHA Quick Card on Heat Stress.

Heat increases the risks of injuries because slippery palms, fogged safety glasses, and dizziness can lead to accidents. Other heat related injuries include burns, a direct result of accidental contact with hot surfaces or steam; and sunburns, overexposure of the skin to the sun.

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