Heat Illness and Adjusting to Summer Temperatures

During the summer, it is important to be aware of heat illness, especially for those working in a warehouse or anyone that is exposed to heat and humid conditions. Employees that have not built up a tolerance, temporary workers or those returning to work after a week off are at greater risk. In 2014, 2630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke.

Most heat illnesses are preventable! To maintain healthy working conditions, you should drink water every 15 mins, rest in a shady area when needed, wear a hat and light colored clothing when in the sun and keep an eye out on fellow workers.  It is important to learn the signs of heat illness which include, confusion, lost of consciousness, seizures, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, irritability, thirst and heavy sweating.

For more information, please visit the OSHA website.