Safety Reminder – Heat Kills
Heat illness includes heat cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Workers have died or suffered serious health problems from these conditions. Heat illness can be prevented. Know the symptoms of heat illness. Watch for symptoms in yourself and coworkers.
If your employee’s feel any of these symptoms have them report to their supervisor immediately because they may need medical help. Have your employee’s know who to talk to and how to get help before you start each day.
Early symptoms include:
• Heavy Sweating
• High pulse rate
Life-threatening symptoms include:
• High body temperature
• Red, hot, dry skin
Stay Alert to the Weather
During a heat wave, you are at greater risk of getting sick. You need to watch yourself and employees more closely, and may need to drink more water, take more breaks, and use other measures.
Drink Enough Cool, Fresh Water
Drink at least one 8-ounce cup every 15 minutes during your work shift. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Avoid coffee, choose water over soft drinks.
Take rest breaks in the shade to cool down.
Wear the Proper Clothing
Loose fitting, lightweight cotton clothes, a wide-brimmed hat or cap, and a bandana.