'Tis The Season For Heat Stress Training

THE HEAT IS HERE!

The warm weather months are upon us. And with the summertime comes the heat and all the related illnesses it can bring with it. While the majority of heat-related illnesses are experienced by employees who work outdoors, keep in mind that heat affects all work environments. It isn't just a problem that puts outside workers in danger on a hot summer day. The heat generated by a mill worker's machine combined with teh warmth contained inside his or her PPE can easily contribute to heat rash, heat cramps, or other heat-related issues.

Many organizations fail to recognize the severity of heat-related illnesses. These conditions can cause more than just discomfort. If not treated early enough, heat stress can lead to hospitalization or even death. Training is critical in ensuring your employees understand the potential impact of heat on the body and the importance of taking the necessary precautions to stay safe in hot conditions.

Our new program, "Heat Stress: Working Safely in the Heat," provides an overview of how the body regulates heat and how to recognize the warning signs when these processes aren't working. Most importantly, it offers tips for preventing heat stress symptoms and how to work safely in the heat.

Prevention is always the best way to deal with heat-related illnesses and hydration is the most important part of preventing heat-related illnesses. Employees in hot environments need to drink fluids throughout the day, even if they don't feel thirsty. Workers also need to understand the importance of taking small breaks away from the heat when needed.

It is imperative that your employees pay attention to the signs of heat-related illness. If they notice symptoms, they need to be encouraged to stop working and notify someone right away. They also need to look out for their co-workers. Often, someone experiencing heat-related problems might not realize it or think they need help.

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