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Resources for Heat Stress Solutions

Resources for Heat Stress Solutions

Half the county is expecting cooler temperatures this week thanks to the polar vortex, while other parts of the country like Texas are experiencing their first 100+-degree days. Here are some resources if your employees are working in heat.

Every summer, thousands of workers – particularly those in agriculture, landscaping, construction, utilities and support activities for oil and gas operations – spend long days working in the hot sun. Excessive heat and sun pose many dangers: sunburn, dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Every year, many become ill or lose their lives due to heat exposure.

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) urges outdoor workers to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids such as water or electrolyte-replacing beverages. Hydration helps to prevent dehydration, which is the primary cause of both heat cramps and heat exhaustion. Taking breaks and cool down periods, as well as wearing heat stress protection safety equipment will help reduce heat related illnesses.

“When high heat environments are unavoidable, certain types of personal protective equipment can be incorporated as preventive measures,” stated ISEA President Daniel K. Shipp. “ISEA encourages employers to stay current on cooling products and prevention of heat stress to enable employees to protect themselves in these situations.”

To minimize contact with excess heat, ISEA recommends these interventions for outdoor workers:

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