Heat Stress

Dangers of Heat Stress



Products
  1. Click here to order the Hot Dot Temperature Patch                                                      
The Hot Dot Body Temperature Alert Patch allows you to monitor your body temperature change in real-time during physical activity. The Patch changes color from black to yellow as your body temperature reaches potentially unsafe levels. As your body temperature decreases back to a normal range, the patch will change back to its original color. The Patch will alert users so they can quickly take action when there is a potential risk of heat related illness.

Training Videos
  1. The Dangers of Heat Stress ; This is a free U-tube video on Heat Stress

OSHA

Recommendations for Employers

This section is reproduced from NIOSH's web site on heat stress May 2013 See Link above for updated information.  

Employers should take the following steps to protect workers from heat stress:

  • Schedule maintenance and repair jobs in hot areas for cooler months.
  • Schedule hot jobs for the cooler part of the day.
  • Acclimatize workers by exposing them for progressively longer periods to hot work environments.
  • Reduce the physical demands of workers.
  • Use relief workers or assign extra workers for physically demanding jobs.
  • Provide cool water or liquids to workers.
    • Avoid alcohol, and drinks with large amounts of caffeine or sugar.
  • Provide rest periods with water breaks.
  • Provide cool areas for use during break periods.
  • Monitor workers who are at risk of heat stress.
  • Provide heat stress training that includes information about:
    • Worker risk
    • Prevention
    • Symptoms
    • The importance of monitoring yourself and coworkers for symptoms
    • Treatment
    • Personal protective equipment

Recommendations for Workers

This section is reproduced from NIOSH's web site on heat stress May 2013 See Link above for updated information.

Workers should avoid exposure to extreme heat, sun exposure, and high humidity when possible. When these exposures cannot be avoided, workers should take the following steps to prevent heat stress:

  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as cotton.
    • Avoid non-breathing synthetic clothing.
  • Gradually build up to heavy work.
  • Schedule heavy work during the coolest parts of day.
  • Take more breaks in extreme heat and humidity.
    • Take breaks in the shade or a cool area when possible.
  • Drink water frequently. Drink enough water that you never become thirsty. Approximately 1 cup every 15-20 minutes.
  • Avoid alcohol, and drinks with large amounts of caffeine or sugar.
  • Be aware that protective clothing or personal protective equipment may increase the risk of heat stress.
  • Monitor your physical condition and that of your coworkers. 

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