Heat-Related Illnesses

National Safety Month – Heat-Related Illnesses

Working in Arizona during the heat of the summer has its challenges. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes.  Prevention of heat stress in workers is important and employees new to the state and the heat will need additional training and information on how to stay hydrated and cool.

If your job requires you to be outside for extended periods, protect yourself from heat stroke. Stay hydrated, take breaks from direct sun exposure frequently, and wear lightweight, breathable fibers.

Know the signs/symptoms of heat illnesses and monitor yourself:

Heat Stroke is a Medical Emergency since it can be fatal or cause permanent damage.

Signs of heat stroke include

  • high body temperature
  • confusion
  • loss of coordination
  • hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
  • throbbing headache
  • seizures or coma

Dial 911. Provide a cool, shaded area immediately and cool the worker with cooling packs to their chest, armpits, and groin. Continue cooling the worker until EMS arrives, unless the worker is shivering.

Heat Exhaustion is the body’s response to excessive dehydration and loss of electrolytes and can quickly progress to heat stroke.

Signs and symptoms include

  • rapid heart rate
  • excessive sweating
  • extreme weakness or fatigue
  • dizziness
  • nausea, vomiting
  • irritability
  • rapid, shallow breathing
  • a slightly elevated body temperature

Provide a cool, shaded area immediately and loosen their clothing. Provide them with plenty of water or other cool beverages. Call 911 if there is no improvement within 15 minutes.

Heat Cramps affect workers who sweat a lot during strenuous activity.

Symptoms include

  • muscle cramps
  • pain or spasms in the abdomen, arms, or legs

Immediately move them to a cool place. Provide them with clear juice or a sports beverage. Do not allow the worker to engage in strenuous work for a few hours after the cramps subside. Seek medical attention if their cramps do not subside within one hour. If the worker has heart problems, call 911.

Stay alert, hydrate, and think!

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