Over the summer, ants, bees and mosquitos can be unwelcome guests at the family barbeque or picnic. But for America’s workers, insects can be more than a nuisance, they can be dangerous.
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.
Though we’re coming off a pretty mild winter in the Mid-Atlantic Region, there is much excitement and anticipation about the warmer months ahead. For some workers, however, rising temperatures can be challenging. Depending on the type of work performed, and the equipment worn, heat can be the catalyst for serious injury.
The Zika virus has arrived in the United States with 14,059 reported cases in US territories. There have been 2,686 travel acquired cases in US States and the virus has been locally acquired by thirty-five people in the US. Individuals in the southern Florida region are cautioned to avoid mosquito bites and workers stationed in areas that are swamp-like in the Southeast region of the United States should be especially cautious.
From construction workers to farm-hands to roofers to warehouse employees, the summer heat can have a devastating effect on workplace safety. As temperatures rise, so can injuries- at least if you’re not prepared. According to a recent press release from the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA), “Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill due to working in the heat. About one-third of heat-related worker deaths occur in the construction industry, but outdoor workers in every field are susceptible to the dangers of heat.
Though we’re coming off a pretty mild winter in the Mid-Atlantic Region, there is much excitement and anticipation about the warmer months ahead. For some workers, however, rising temperatures can be challenging. And depending on the type of work you do, and the equipment that you wear, heat can be the catalyst for a serious injury.
The summer season is upon us, and that means stifling outdoor temperatures and a dangerous increase in heat-related workplace safety hazards.