Tag Archive - Heat Stroke

An Indian Summer Can Still Put You At Risk For Heat Stress

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Although Labor Day traditionally marks the ending of summer, most of us know that the first few weeks of “fall” can still bring the heat.  While you may be getting prepped for football games and changing leaves, the promise of an Indian Summer can present many health risks for those who work outdoors.  Heat stress and heat-related illnesses are appropriately a “hot” topic in the summertime, but it is important to keep up on the facts of these potential health threats even as the weather begins to change. Continue Reading…

Heat Stress Prevention: Monitors Make Sense To Use

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Here’s something to think about: Heat Stress is expensive. A 2010 study in the state of Washington found that the average cost of a heat-related illness claim was $3,682. There were 483 of these claims. That adds up quick. Here are some more startling statistics: From 2003-08, the U.S. Department of Labor found that there were not only 177 deaths caused by “Exposure to Environmental Heat” in the private workforce, but also 13,580 missed days of work for the same reason. That’s a lot of losst productivity. Obviously, the safety and well-being of your employees comes before any measure of money. That certainly goes without saying. But there’s no denying that preventing heat stress not only is good for the health of your employees, but also for the health of your company’s bottom line. Continue Reading…

Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard Helps Workers Beat the Heat

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As June comes to a close, the summer is now in full-swing.  We see the days getting longer, drier and hotter as July gets closer and closer.  We’ve had a few high-temperature days, but we know that there are still hotter days to come.  Now, more than ever, we need to pay attention to the negative effects extreme heat can have on those who work outdoors.

2012 was the warmest year on record for the country according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  In fact, it was 3.2 degrees Fahrenheit above average.  The Southern states, who are no stranger to hot weather, are even feeling the heat’s brutal impacts. Continue Reading…

Choose the Right Workwear to Avoid Heat-Related Illness and Injury

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Heat-related illness on the job can be serious, even deadly. And although there is not a specific OSHA standard that addresses hot work environments, employers still have a duty to protect workers from heat-related hazards. OSHA’s campaign against heat-related illness offers tools to help businesses educate themselves and their employees against the hazards that come from working in the heat. Continue Reading…

OSHA Creates an App for Heat Safety

OSHA Releases an iPhone App To Monitor Heat Safety

We live in the Age of the Applications, more popularly referred to as apps.  And when it comes to safety on the job site, this is a very good thing. When you’re working in the hot hot heat, safety has to come first. There’s no project or work task more important than your health. There are many preventative measures you can take to protect yourself from getting heat stroke, such as taking breaks in the shade, staying hydrated, and wearing the right clothing. And now, there’s an app for that. Continue Reading…

Heat Stress and PPE: What You Need To Know

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Your personal protective equipment (PPE) is designed to protect you in the most extreme heat conditions. But what about when your PPE is the cause of the problem and staying compliant isn’t as easy as you thought it would be?
Environmental heat, caused by the temperature outside or in your workplace, coupled with humidity, and the heat of the equipment you are working with, is enough to contend with as it is. But of course, you must contend with it while wearing layers of heavy clothing, which compounds the problem. Continue Reading…

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