BE CAREFUL OF HEAT STRESS ON THE JOB

BE CAREFUL OF HEAT STRESS ON THE JOB

The hottest time of year, also known as the “dog days of summer,” are upon us and Cal OSHA, the state authority that protects workers and the public from hazards on the job, warns workers that heat stress can cause illness and even be fatal on the job site. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says those working outside in the heat should be especially aware of heat stress symptoms…

When the heat starts getting to you, try these coping methods: drink at least one quart of water every hour, avoid sodas and other drinks that contain sugar, caffeine or alcohol; find a cool, shady area to take a rest; and learn to recognize heat stress symptoms in yourself and co-workers. Signs that you may suffering heat illness include dizziness, headache, nausea, fatigue, flushed skin and in advanced cases, lack of thirst and the inability to sweat. If you experience any of the symptoms on the job, or notice them in a co-worker, cool off, tell the boss and seek prompt medical attention.

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