Prevent Heat-related Illnesses This Summer

With all the attention being given to protecting workers and families from coronavirus, exposure to heat can also cause illness and death. This is a good time to consider a campaign to inform workers about the dangers of heat exposure and how to prevent heat exhaustion.

Remember the three key fundamentals: Water. Rest. Shade.

The following links may serve as helpful resources materials for education sessions, job safety assessments and safety meetings.

Tips on Hydration:

OSHA’s Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness – Good overview of campaign and access to resources such as fact sheets, posters, training guides, quick cards, wallet cards and heat index guides.

CDC-NIOSH Heat Stress Management – Includes overview, types of heat stress, recommendations for employers & workers and additional resources.

OSHA Heat Index App – An application from several providers that allows you to calculate the heat index at your worksite and provides reminders for taking protective measures.

Tips on Hydration – The CDC estimates that over 75% of people in the U.S. have chronic dehydration. Proper hydration has been proven to increase focus, energy and skin complexion. Tips are provided for staying hydrated including adding flavor and using a mobile app.

Tips for Selecting PPE – Industrial Safety & Hygiene News provides tips on selecting the proper PPE to minimize heat stress for workers in oil & gas, chemical and construction industries.