Heat Illness Awareness

Summer is here which means it’s very HOT, HOT, HOT. This is the time that outside workers, as well as, some indoor workers need to remain extra cautious. Heat illnesses are very common especially this time of the year, but can be preventable.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), heat-related illnesses can include the following:

  • Heat Rash
    • Clusters of red bumps on skin (neck, upper chest, and/or skin folds)
  • Heat Cramps
    • Muscle spasms or pain (legs, arms, and/or trunk)
  • Heat Syncope
    • Fainting
    • Dizziness
  • Heat Exhaustion
    • Fatigue
    • Irritability
    • Thirst
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Dizziness or lightheadedness
    • Heavy sweating
    • Elevated body temperature or fast heart rate
  • Heatstroke
    • Confusion
    • Slurred speech
    • Unconsciousness
    • Seizures
    • Heavy sweating or hot, dry skin
    • Very high body temperature
    • Rapid heart rate
  • Rhabdomyolysis (muscle breakdown)
    • Muscle pain
    • Dark urine or reduced urine output
    • Weakness

Click here to see recommended actions for employers to take, employees rights, and general information regarding heat illness. For additional information related to heat safety from OSHA, click here.

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