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TOPIC: Heat-related-illnesses

Beat the Heat: Keys to Protect Your Employees


The summer season is upon us, and that means workers are exposed to stifling outdoor temperatures, while on the job and similar dangers in hot indoor environments. Operations involving high-air temperatures, radiant heat sources, high humidity, or strenuous physical activities have a high potential for causing heat related illness.

Heat related illnesses, including heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke are caused by prolonged or intense exposure to hot temperatures. As your body works to cool itself under extreme heat, blood rushes to the surface of your skin and as a result less blood reaches your brain, muscles and other organs. This can interfere with both your physical strength and mental capacity and if not identified and treated properly can lead to death.

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Heat Related Illness: Keys to Keep Employees Cool and Safe


As summer rolls around again, it is important to remember the dangers associated with the returning heat. Every year, thousands of workers nationwide suffer from serious heat-related illnesses (HRI).

There are a number of illnesses related to overheating, each with a different degree of seriousness. These illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat syncope, heat rash, and heat edema.

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Protect Workers from the Heat

As we enter the dog days of summer and see record-setting temperatures throughout much of the United States, heat related injuries are very much on our minds for outdoor workers.

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Beware of Heat-Related Illnesses

As summer heats up, it is important to remember the dangers associated with rising temperatures.

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