Preventing Heat Illness
Summer is here and with the temperature and humidity rising, it’s more critical than ever to take preventative measures to avoid heat illness, which can affect anyone of any age as it can occur indoors or outdoors during any season. It’s crucial to build up the tolerance to have the ability to work in high heat conditions. Common symptoms of heat illness include: headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, irritability, sweating, confusion and a body temperature of 100.4 or higher.
In order to prevent the onset of heat illness, remember three key words: water, rest, and shade.
Consume water every 15 minutes, even if you aren’t thirsty.
Rest in the shade to cool down. Also, wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
Taking these precautions can mean the difference between life and death. Remember: water, rest, and shade.
To view informative videos to prevent heat illness, visit: OSHA.gov/heat
Mark W. Thackray
Operations Safety Director
Thackray Crane Rental, Inc.
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