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May 22, 2012

Heat Safety Tips from OSHA

The combination of heat and humidity can be a serious health threat during the summer months. If you work outside or in a kitchen, laundry or bakery you may be at increased risk for heat related illness. Here's how to take precautions:

  • Clothing PPE safety signDrink small amounts of water frequently
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing - cotton is good
  • Take frequent short breaks in cool shade
  • Eat smaller meals before work activity
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol or large amounts of sugar
  • Work in the shade
  • Find out if your medications and heat don't mix
  • Know that equipment such as respirators or work suits can increase heat stress
There are three kinds of major heat-related disorders: heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. You need to know how to recognize each one and what first aid treatment is necessary.

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:  - Headache, dizziness, or fainting
 - Weakness and wet skin
 - Irritability or confusion
 - Thirst, nausea or vomiting

Symptoms of Heat Stroke:  - May be confused, unable to think clearly, pass out, collapse or have seizures (fits)
 - May stop sweating


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