Preventing heat-related illness should be top-of-mind for contractors and employers during the summer months. The seriousness of heat stress can range from a mild rash to heat stroke, which can be fatal. Beyond the obvious physical dangers, the effects of extreme heat on workers can lead to errors in judgment, accidents and costly downtime. Make sure you and your employees are aware of the risks of extreme heat and that everyone knows how to recognize and treat heat-related illness.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion:
- Heavy sweating
- Elevated body temperature
- Decreased urine output
- Seek shade or air conditioning to cool down
- Increase fluid intake
- Remove unnecessary clothes
- Apply cold compresses to the head, neck and face
- Seek medical help if symptoms are severe
- Review first-aid training with employees and teach them how to recognize the signs, symptoms and treatment of heat stress
- Watch the weather. Know when temperatures and humidity are going to reach dangerous levels and communicate this to employees
- Always keep fluids on site and encourage consumption
- Keep a watchful eye on employees for signs of heat stress
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