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Heat Stress is PreventableWith rising temperatures around the country, it is important to ensure workers are protected from the heat. From heat stress training to protective gear and shade, here are the best ways to protect your workers.
Illness due to heat stress causes thousands of worker deaths each year. Heat-related illnesses can be prevented with the right measures in place. It is vital to train staff to recognize the signs of heat exposure in themselves and coworkers – such as cramps, rashes, or heat exhaustion. OSHA began a Heat Illness Prevention campaign in 2011 to raise awareness of the dangers of overheating on the job. From ensuring that workers remain hydrated to providing means of staying cooler, you can implement several preventative measures to protect your workers from this health risk.
Taking breaks to hydrate and taking time out of the sun are essential steps to help workers pay closer attention to how they are feeling. When they cannot fully escape working under the sun, there are several types of shade that can be installed to protect them during the hottest hours of the day. You should also implement training on heat related illnesses and the symptoms of heat stress so that workers know when they are getting too hot.
How to Work Safely in the HeatCoupled with physical exertion, excessive heat can cause heat stress and other heat-related illnesses. Protect your workers from heat stress not only during the summer months, but all year long. Sweating and loss of fluid can happen on any jobsite when working in hot environments.
Placing Concrete in Hot WeatherWhen Summer is in full swing and temperatures are climbing, those of us that work with concrete materials need to adjust our workflow for hot weather pours. Experts agree that the ideal temperature for pouring concrete is approximately 50˚- 60˚ Fahrenheit.
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