Friday, June 28, 2013

Avoid Heat Stress this Summer

Heat Stress
Credit: Richard Lautens/Toronto Star

Hot summer days are upon us!  That means you may be exposed to extreme heat.

See these tips from NIOSH to help you (and your friends) avoid Heat Stress:

  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as cotton
  • Avoid non-breathing synthetic clothing
  • Gradually build up to heavy work.  Schedule heavy work during the coolest parts of day
  • Take more breaks in extreme heat and humidity.  Take breaks in the shade or a cool area when possible
  • Drink water frequently.  Drink enough water that you never become thirsty.  Approximately 1 cup every 15-20 minutes
  • Avoid alcohol, and drinks with large amounts of caffeine or sugar
  • Be aware that protective clothing or personal protective equipment may increase the risk of heat stress
  • Monitor your physical condition and that of your coworkers

  • And don't forget to check out the Ergodyne Chill-Its products!

    Be safe!  Stay cool!  And pass this along to someone else...

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