The mercury is rising and people who work outdoors are at an increased risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Risk of heat-related illnesses peaks when temperatures reach 95° F with humidity over 60%. Symptoms can range from mild heat cramps to life-threatening heat stroke. But heat illness is 100% preventable. Before you or your crew heads out to work in the heat, take a few minutes to learn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recommendations on how to prevent and recognize heat-related illness.
What is Heat-Related Illness?
Also known simply as heat illness, it is a result of the body not cooling itself properly. It usually occurs in the form of heat exhaustion, or the more severe, heat stroke.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion often begins suddenly, after excessive heavy work, heavy perspiration and inadequate fluid intake. Symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, light-headedness, weakness, irritability, confusion, nausea, vomiting, [Read more…] about OSHA’s Tips for Preventing and Recognizing Heat-Related Illness