Safety Talks – Heat Stress
As global temperatures continue to rise we are experiencing more extreme temperature fluctuations throughout each year. Heat stress and illnesses can be prevented when you have the ability to spot the symptoms. The following are a few helpful tips to prevent heat illness.
What is Heat Stress?
- Heat stress occurs when the body is unable to cool itself by sweating.
- Heat stress can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:
- Headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting
- Weakness and moist skin
- Mood changes, irritability, confusion
- Nausea, vomiting
Symptoms of Heat Stroke:
- Dry, hot skin with no sweating
- Mental confusion or oss of consciousness
- Seizures or convulsions
- Can be fatal
Preventing Heat Illnesses:
- Know the symptoms of heat related illnesses
- Reduce your exposure to heat sources as much as possible
- Use fans / A.C. units
- In high heat, drink 1 cup of water every 15 minutes
- Wear lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothes
- Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, or heavy meals
- Wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater and apply every 2 hours
How to Treat Heat Related Illnesses:
- Seek immediate medical attention; call 911
- Move worker to cool shaded area
- Loosen or remove heavy clothing
- Provide cool drinking water
- Fan and mist person with water
For more prevention tips, check out our Heat Illness Prevention article.