Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illness

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Working outdoors in the summer months can mean coping with hot, humid weather conditions. It is important for you and your facility managers to understand the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke to help prevent these dangerous, and possibly deadly, situations.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion:

  • Headache, dizziness, or fainting
  • Weakness and wet skin
  • Irritability and confusion
  • Thirst, nausea, or vomiting

Symptoms of heat stroke:

  • Confusion, inability to think clearly
  • Loss of consciousness, collapse, or seizures
  • May stop sweating

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are extremely dangerous illnesses that can cause death. Next week, we will discuss what to do if someone shows signs of heat-related illness.

Download the OSHA quick-reference card Protecting Workers from Heat Stress.

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Sincerely,

Mike Schofield

Mike Schofield
President & CEO