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Heat Stress Relief

Heat stress prevention is critical in hot work environments. To be safe, you need to keep both workers and the workplace as cool as possible. Abatix provides high quality heat safety gear to ensure your workers aren't at risk of heat stress and related ailments and injuries.

Heat Stress Prevention and Safety Gear

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What is Heat Stress?

OSHA and the CDC identify heat stress as a condition of being affected by a high heat work environment. Among the common ailments and injuries related to heat stress are:

  • Heat Stroke
  • Dehydration
  • Heat Cramps
  • Exhaustion
  • Heat Rash
  • Heat Fatigue

These are serious conditions directly related to working in hot work areas. These conditions, however, are preventable with the use of proper care and preparation. OSHA provides several OSHA Recommendation for Heat Stress Prevention

Preventing Heat Stress: Worker and Workplace Safety

Heat stress is serious. OSHA and the CDC both recommend having an emergency plan in place for dealing with all cases ranging from minor to more severe instances such as heat stroke. Additionally, preventative measures should be taken. These include:

  • Gradually introducing workers to the environment. OSHA recommends that heat exposure for new workers be limited to 20% on day one, increasing by 20% per day until they have reached 100%. More acclimated workers may start around 50-60% exposure on day one, increasing by 15-20% day by day.
  • Provide readily accessible cool drinking water. Encourage workers to drink one cup every 20 minutes or so.
  • Reduce the amount of physical exertion required on a daily basis. For outdoor job sites and workplaces, more physical work should be done early in the day or later in the evening to avoid hotter mid-day temperatures.
  • Provide recovery areas away from the heat, or actively cooled, that allow workers a reprieve from the heat.
  • Monitor workers. Look for symptoms of heat stress and allow workers showing symptoms to recover fully before returning to work. More severe symptoms should result in the worker seeing a doctor.
You can get these Heat Stress Prevention Tips CDC