HEAT STRESS & HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES
Extreme heat causes thousands of workplace injuries every year. The good news? Heat-related illnesses and fatalities are 100% preventable.
Body’s means of controlling its internal temperature starts to fail
Once body temps reach 99.7°F (37.6°C), heat stress has begun to affect the body
Severe illness occurs when body temperature reaches 104°F (40°C)
Occurs when sweat ducts become clogged and sweat can’t get to the surface of the skin
Red blister-like eruptions, bumps and an itching sensation
Keep the skin dry and rest in a cool place
Salt and moisture levels are depleted through excessive perspiration
Painful spasms usually in the legs or abdomen
Move to a cool, shaded area, apply something cool, drink plenty of fluids (consider electrolyte solutions)
Prolonged exposure to high temps & inadequate hydration causing body temps to rise
Headaches, weakness, mood change, feeling sick, pale and/or clammy skin
Move to a cool, shaded area, apply something cool, drink plenty of fluids & monitor
Over 900 U.S. workers were killed and almost 80,000 seriously injured by heat stress between 1992 and 2020.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics