Environmental Health and Safety and Risk Management

Tips to Prevent Heat Illnesses

The first day of summer is rapdily approaching and with that increased temperatures and humidity that can lead to unwanted heat illnesses.   OSHA and CDC suggest the following protection measures when working outdoors or indoors where temperatures are elevated:

  • Dress for the heat - wear a hat and light-colored, loose-fitting, and breathable clothing.
  • Limit outdoor activities to morning or evening hours if possible.
  • Drink at least a cup of cool water every 20 minutes, even if not thirsty.
  • Take breaks as necessary or required by your job.  Find shade or a cool area.
  • Avoid hot and heavy meals.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat -related illnesses.
  • Look out for one another.

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