The US Labor Department has launched their annual summer campaign to prevent heat-related illnesses and it’s the perfect opportunity for us to review the best practices for how to work safe when dealing with extreme weather. Here are some facts and tips that you should be aware of going into the summer months, particularly if you’re responsible for the health and safety of outdoor workers or if you’re an outdoor worker yourself.
1. The Risk is Real!
Thousands of employees become sick each year and many die from working in the heat. In the US in 2012, there were 31 heat-related worker deaths and 4,120 heat-related worker illnesses.
2. Know the Warning Signs
If you or a colleague experience some or most of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from heat exhaustion: dizziness, headache, sweaty skin, weakness, heat cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fast heartbeat. A heat stroke can be … Read more...