Heat Stress TBT 5

With this toolbox talk we will define heat stress, and look at the various heat induced illnesses and how to prevent/treat heat stress

What is Heat Stress?

Heat stress occurs when the body is unable to cool itself by sweating.

Heat stress can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke

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Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:

  • Headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting
  • Weakness and moist skin
  • Mood changes, irritability, confusion
  • Nausea, vomiting

Symptoms of Heat Stroke:

  • Dry, hot skin with no sweating
  • Mental confusion or loss of consciousness
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Can be fatal

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Preventing Heat Stress:

  • Know signs/symptoms of heat related illnesses
  • Block out sun or other heat sources
  • Use fans/A.C. units
  • In high heat, drink l cup of water every 15 minutes
  • Wear lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothes
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, or heavy meals
  • Wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or >; reapply every 2 hours

How to Treat Heat-Related Illness

  • Move worker to cool shaded area
  • Loosen or remove heavy clothing
  • Provide cool drinking water in small amounts every 2 to 3 minutes until the victim recovers.
  • Fan and mist person with water
  • Do not give ice to the victim.

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