There is a weather advisory for extreme heat in our area for the next three days. This early, rapid onset makes it difficult to acclimate to the high temperatures.
Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress.
- Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses and injuries, including death or permanent disability.
- Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes.
- Heat can also increase the risk of injuries to workers as it may result in sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and dizziness.
- Burns may also occur.
Prevention of heat stress is important. Employers should provide training to workers so they understand what heat stress is, how it affects their health and safety, and how it can be prevented.
OSHA has issued an advisory and is requiring employers to take note of these warnings.
Additional information, including a Heat Stress App for your smart phone is available below: