Millions of U.S. workers are exposed to heat in their workplaces. Although illness from exposure to heat is preventable, every year, thousands become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some cases are fatal. Give your employees a little more information where it’s easily accessible in case of an incident.
This poster features the text:
“Heat Related Illnesses
Wear proper protective clothing (cool loose and light-colored). This includes a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (SPF 15+) and sunglasses.
Rehydrate by drinking water or sports drinks. Avoid alcohol, energy drinks and caffeine. These cause the body to lose water and increase the risk for heat-related illnesses.
If possible, work during the coolest hours of the day (4pm-7pm). Work at a slower pace or reduce the work load in hot water, especially if you begin to feel uncomfortable. If possible, work in a shaded area.
Be aware of the dangers of working in the heat. Ensure that you know what to do if you begin to feel the symptoms of a heat-related illness.
Loss of body fluids due to perspiration. Dehydration is the beginning stage of other more serious heat-related illnesses.
Symptoms: Dizziness, headaches, heavy sweating, feeling of weakness, light-headed.
Treatment: Get out of the sun and into a cool location. Rehydrate by drinking water or sports drinks.
Muscular pains and spasms caused by lack of water and salt, usually in the legs or abdominal muscles.
Symptoms: Muscle twitching or spasm; Muscles feel hard and lumpy; Nausea; Vomiting; Feeling of weakness and fatigue.
Treatment: Get out of the sun and into a cool location. Attempt to relax the cramped muscles by massaging them gently but firmly. Rehydrate by drinking water and sports drinks. Sports drinks replenish the salt and other minerals lost in sweat.”
This full color, laminated, safety poster is 18″ x 24″ with English or Spanish options available.
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