May 25 is #NationalHeatAwarenessDay, and here in Louisiana, we know about heat all too well. It’s often said that Louisiana has two seasons- hot and hotter (with a cold weekend or two thrown in there). Summertime is definitely the “hotter” season and there are many instances where your employees may have to perform duties outside or in environments with no air conditioning. While those job functions may be necessary, so is safeguarding them against heat related injury.
Exposure to heat can cause illness and death. The most serious heat illness is heat stroke. Other heat illnesses, such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash, should also be avoided.
There are precautions that should be take any time temperatures are high and the job involves physical work.
Risk Factors for Heat Illness
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
Symptoms of Heat Stroke
To Prevent Heat Illness, You Should
How You Can Protect Yourself and Others
What to Do When a Worker is Ill from the Heat
IF THE WORKER IS NOT ALERT or seems confused, this may be a heat stroke. CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY and apply ice as soon as possible.