Heat related illness and deaths are a real concern for employers and workers. According to the National Safety Council, 11 American workers die on the job each day. As we continue to think about safety this month, taking preventative steps to reducing heat related illnesses is key.
Source: http://www.nsc.org/Pages/safety-at-work.aspx National Safety Council, “Safety at Work”
Heat-related illness can be prevented. Take measures to combat heat-related injuries:
- Make sure you have plenty of fluids on hand.
- Schedule rest breaks and add a cooling station when possible with tools such as a portable evaporative cooler that works on a standard 110-V from worksites.
- Stay aware of conditions with your phone or tablet, especially if working outdoors. Working in full sunlight can increase heat index values by 15°F. OSHA has an app (download info here) to help calculate the heat index for the worksite and helps to identify the risk level.
- Be informed by reviewing the heat illness signs and symptoms. Training is this area is worthwhile.
- Use a buddy system. Monitor each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.