With Summer now in full swing, higher temperatures, higher humidity, and longer exposure to the sun are all major factors of Heat Illnesses. With nearly 75% of heat-related fatalities happening during the first week of exposure, knowing the major symptoms and the ways to mitigate their effects are the keys to keeping workers safe while outdoors. Let's take a look at two major heat-related factors and the best ways to combat their effects.
When your body begins losing more fluid than you are taking in is when dehydration starts to affect your body. The biggest factors for dehydration include fluid intake, climate, and direct sun exposure. The safe practices to follow for combating dehydration include:
As the first stages of Heat Illness, Heat Stressors are when your body begins to overheat leading to rashes, muscle cramps, and nausea. Since these are the first signs that your body is beginning to overheat, spotting the symptoms right away can be critical. Some ways to alleviate Heat Stressors include:
Making sure you stay hydrated while easing into working conditions will be some of the best ways to combat Heat Illness and its harmful effects on the body. To keep the conversation going, download the Heat Stress Toolbox Talk (TBT) or comment below.