According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 1,300 are estimated to die each year from a heat related injury. The numbers don't lie � if you or your co-workers are not prepared, heat can kill or cause serious injuries. For help managing heat injuries and protecting your workers, schedule a consultation with Arbill's Safety Professionals here.
What effects can the heat have on people and property?
Worker Injury: While working under stress, cognitive abilities decrease. This results in slower reaction time and decision making. Operating equipment or tools can be dangerous at any time, but especially dangerous when you or your co-workers are impaired.
Property Loss or Damage: Fine Motor Skills are often impaired when your body is under stress. A worker not at peak form can cause accidents and injury resulting in property loss and damage, and possibly causing harm to themselves and others.
Productivity Loss: A stressed body cannot work at optimum speed or performance. Worker productivity declines as the effects of heat stress increase.
Common Heat-Related Illnesses: Heat Related Illness, or HRI, and Heat Stress are umbrella terms used to categorize a variety of conditions that are the result of hot or humid environments. Being in these environments can cause heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
Although it is often the deadly tragedies that capture our attention, there are various different ways that we can prevent and protect ourselves and coworkers from heat-related injury.
Follow these tips to prevent heat-related illness:
Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty
Rest in the shade to cool down
Wear a hat and light-colored clothing
Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency
Keep an eye on fellow workers
Take it easy on your first days of working in the heat
Everyone is at risk of heat stress. High heat work environments can put even the strongest worker in danger. It is important to recognize this and always take precautions even when you think the heat might not affect you. Better to be safe than sorry. There are, however, people that are at a higher risk. Those include workers who:
Are obese, unfit or lack proper nutrition
Are over 40
Are new to a work site or job and not yet acclimated
Have heart disease or high blood pressure
Are on certain medications
Have or do drink alcohol
Work in certain types of heavy, insulating clothing or gear
Arbill offers a wide range of resources to assure your workers remain safe from the heat. From lightweight personal protective equipment, to OSHA compliance training and safety assessment programs, Arbill will help keep your workers cool, informed, and safer every day. For more information on how Arbill to help you and your employees have a summer free of heat-related incidents or accidents, visit Arbill.com or call us at 800.523.5367.