Tips for Preventing Heat Stress in the Workplace

With temperatures hitting record highs every summer, it’s more important than ever to prevent heat stress in the workplace. High temperatures are dangerous to work in, and heat-related illnesses (like heat stroke) can even be fatal.

During a heat stroke, a worker’s body temperature will be 103ºF or higher, and they may be confused or lose consciousness. In 2015, exposure to environmental heat led to 2,830 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses, as well as 37 work-related deaths. Additionally, some studies estimate that more than 1,300 deaths per year in the United States due to extreme heat. Just last month Washington State and Oregon experienced temperatures over 110 degrees, with more than one hundred deaths across the two states. However, these illnesses are completely preventable so it’s important to take action whenever possible.

Heat stress is an illness that can be caused by exposure to extreme heat. It occurs when the body is unable to maintain a healthy temperature in response to a hot environment. Workers who are constantly exposed to high temperatures or an otherwise hot environment may be at risk for developing heat stress, as they typically have long shifts and may be either ill-equipped or inadequately trained by their employers to recognize this illness and take preventative measures.

Learn more about illnesses and injuries (heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, and heat rash) caused by hot work environments and preventing heat stress among your employees.

This new infographic from Creative Safety Supply breaks down everything you need to know about heat stress and what you need to do to keep workers safe and healthy.

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Tips for Preventing Heat Stress in the Workplace

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