Strategies for Avoiding Heat Exhaustion on Jobsites
Wednesday, 25 July 2018 10:53

Strategies for Avoiding Heat Exhaustion on Jobsites

Summer is here, and it is important to be aware of how warmer weather can impact your health. If you work in construction and will be outdoors over the next couple of months, you should know the dangers of heat-related illness. In almost all cases, incidents can be prevented if you know the right strategies for working in hot temperatures.

Know the Symptoms

It is important for anyone working in construction to know the signs of heat-related illnesses. When you are exposed to extreme heat, it will cause your body temperature to rise dramatically making it difficult for your body to cool itself down. When you combine this with any strenuous labor, it can be a recipe for disaster if you are not careful. Some signs to look out for include headaches, faintness, mental confusion, fever, excessive sweating, dizziness, low blood pressure, and nausea.

What should I do if I work in extreme heat?

If you must work in hot temperatures, you should always be conscious of yourself and others around you. Wear proper attire (hats, lightweight clothing, light colors) and hydrate accordingly. If you or a coworker begins to show symptoms of a heat-related illness, go to a shady spot, sit down, drink water, and continue to monitor symptoms. If symptoms do not improve after several minutes, seek medical attention.

Blog Contributor: Brad Spradlin, CHST, Director of Risk Management

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