Protect Your Workers against Heat Illness

In recent weeks we’ve seen the temperatures rise to above 90 degrees.  High temperatures can pose a serious health risk to people who work long hours outside. Make sure your employees are smart and safe while doing their jobs. Encourage them to stay hydrated and take breaks in a shaded area or indoors.

Heat illness is very serious and can even be fatal. It is important to recognize the signs of heat stock and heat exhaustion before it’s too late.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the signs of heat stroke are:

–          An extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees)

–          Red, hot, dry skin (no sweating)

–          Rapid, strong pulse

–          Throbbing headache

–          Dizziness

–          Nausea

–          Confusion

–          Unconsciousness

The CDC also states the following as signs of heat exhaustion:

–          Heavy sweating

–          Paleness

–          Muscle cramps

–          Tiredness

–          Weakness

–          Dizziness

–          Headache

–          Nausea or vomiting

–          Fainting

Stay safe.

The Seltzer Group, located in Eastern Pennsylvania, specializes in developing safety, workers compensation, human resources, claims, and risk financing programs. They are a proud member of the Keystone Insurers Group and are nationally recognized for their expertise in workers compensation solutions. The Seltzer Group serves businesses and individuals locally, regionally, and on the national level.

Protect Your Workers against Heat Illness was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Sarah McGorry