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Signs and prevention of heat stress

Heat stress safety talk

Extreme heat is something that can lead to fatigue and bad decision making, however; it can be far more dangerous than that.  It is an issue roofers are exposed to frequently. Sufficient training on proper rest, hydration, warning signs, and ways to avoid heat stress are vital in the roofing industry.

Common signs and symptoms of heat stress:

  • Confusion
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dark colored urine
  • Red or flushed skin
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Muscle cramping
  • Nausea or vomiting

Ways to plan and avoid heat stress or heat related illnesses:

  • Plan times ahead of each day to take regular breaks in the air conditioning or shaded areas (preferably with fans)
  • Drink decaffeinated drinks as well as the proper amount of drinks with added electrolytes
  • Have water readily available and drink throughout the day; do not wait until you are thirsty
  • Wear light colored clothing to reflect heat as well as light hats with bigger brims
  • Wet clothing and wear wet towels or cooling bands or clothing to stay cool
  • If possible, work early shifts to avoid hottest part of the day

Stay alert of weather predictions and plan accordingly. Come to work prepared to offset the heat with the tips above. Special attention should be paid to new employees that are not acclimated to extreme heat. In addition, be aware of and avoid activities that could affect your work after hours such as alcohol and caffeine consumption.

 

Disclaimer:

This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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