Protect Yourself in the Heat
A message from your Safety and Health Committee:
With the summer heat in full swing it is important that you know the health risk associated with heat exposure.
· Occurs when sweat can’t evaporate from your skin. It can make work activities difficult to perform
· Occurs when salt your body loses from sweating isn’t replaced. They affect the muscles you use most and can set in after you’ve left work.
· Develops when your body has lost too much fluid. Signs of heat exhaustion include damp, flushed skin, feeling tired, nauseous, headachy, or giddy.
· Is life-threatening. Your body can no longer cool itself. You may have hot, dry skin, experience confusion, convulsions, or loss of consciousness. Heat Stroke can kil. If you or a coworker experience symptoms, call 911 and get emergency medical help!
It is important that you Protect Yourself!!!!
· Know and report early signs and symptoms.
· Drink water frequently.
· Take Breaks in cool, shaded areas.
· Wear light-colored, loose-fitting Clothing
· Report problems with heat, Air Conditioning or drinking water
Keep in mind that even though no OSHA standard exists on heat breaks A SAFE WORKPLACE IS YOUR RIGHT.
DON’T “TOUGH IT OUT”….. A SUPERVISOR (OR COWORKER) MUST TAKE YOU TO A COOLER AREA IMMEDIATELY IF YOU FEEL FAINT, DIZZY OR CONFUSED….. IT IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY!
*Source TWU International Health and Safety Task Force