Outdoor Workers and HEAT STRESS
Recognize, Prevent and Treat Heat Stress before the worker becomes seriously ill.
By Richard Rich
Your body keeps it self-cool by sweating and letting heat escape through the Skin. If the body does not cool properly or enough the outdoor worker can suffer from a heat related illness.
If the worker takes the time to protect himself by making sure that he is drinking enough water but the outdoor has a difficult time in that to make a living he needs to be outside for 8 hours a day.
Symptoms of Heat Related Illness
Heat stress usually comes in stages.
- HEADACHE OR NAUSEA
- DIZZINESS AND EXHAUSTON
- THE MOST SERIOUS SIGNS ARE CALLED HEAT STROKE
- Throbbing Headache
- Rapid or Weak Pulse
Be Aware of the relationship between Temperature and Relative Humidity
- When its 90 out and the humidity is 80% then Heat Index is 110
- When its 100 out and the humidity is 80% then the Heat Index is 158
SAFTY TIPS WHEN WORKING OUTDOORS WHEN IT HOT
- Drink Lots of Water and Stay Hydrated
- Dress for the Heat, Light Color Clothing and 3 Inch Brim Hat
- Eat small meals more often
- Monitor your fellow workers
- Use a Zinc Oxide Sunscreen, The Zinc reflects the Sun’s Rays from entering your Body.