Protecting Your Employees from the Heat
are you doing to protect your employees from Heat Stroke and
conditions are created when our body is unable to regulate our heat
production at a safe level. First, we need to make all of our
employees aware of the signs and symptoms for these conditions:
Fatigue, weakness, fainting
Nausea and vomiting
Sweating (absence or presence)
conditions can be further escalated by the physical condition of
your employees. Employees at a greater risk for heat exhaustion and
heat stroke are those with: Heart disease, Skin diseases, Extensive
burns, Endocrine disorders (hyperthyroidism, diabetes, etc.), High
blood pressure, Overweight, Depression, Insomnia and Fever. Over
the counter drugs can also contribute to a greater risk for these
HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES ARE PREVENTABLE!
can you do to prevent them?
your exposure to direct sunlight as much as possible.
more fluids (non-alcoholic); do not drink fluids that contain
caffeine or large amounts of sugar. Sport drinks are good as they
replace electrolytes and salt in your body. Avoid extremely cold
fluids as these can cause stomach cramps. Drink
often throughout the day 4-6 ounces at a time. WATER IS GOOD!
lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing that does not
create a safety hazard for your work environment. If outdoors, wear
a hat to reduce direct exposure to the sun.
hot foods and heavy meals. They add heat to your body.
Drivers who are on routes should pack a cooler with water for the
day. Also, keep an umbrella in the truck if you are operating in
extreme conditions, (desolate, desert, etc.), this will allow you
to move to an area with breeze and still be protected from the sun.
exposure to the sun is inevitable, apply generous amounts of
sunscreen with a high SPF rating to exposed skin.
sure your truck is in excellent condition. A good pre-trip
inspection is crucial in extreme heat operating conditions to
prevent breakdowns, other wise you may find yourself and your unit
on the side of the road exposed to the extreme heat.