Heat-Related Illness Prevention
With the recent “Heat Wave” experienced in our region, the topic of heat-related illness and prevention of such has been at the top of our Safety Council’s discussions. Having site-specific and sitewide “Safety Stand Up” discussions with field team leaders and all site workers is a great way to spread awareness of the signs and what to do in the event of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Making sure everyone is aware of these signs and symptoms could lessen the chance of an emergency. Look out for everyone around you and if you notice anything unusual, act fast. Remember, don’t wait until you feel thirsty because by then you are already dehydrated!
Below are some safety tips encouraged while outside in extreme heat whether you are in the construction field or not, as well as signs and symptoms of heat stroke/exhaustion.