Nick Radcliff | July 4, 2020
As the temperatures begin to rise, employees need to be conscious of the signs and symptoms of heat stress. Heat stress is a buildup of body heat generated either internally by muscle use or externally by environmental factors. Heat stress can occur outdoors, indoors, and in any environment where physically demanding work occurs for extended periods of time. There are four heat related illnesses that can occur from heat stress: Heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Heat stroke is the most serious heat related illness and can be life threatening.
Signs and symptoms of heat stress include:
Heavy or no sweating
Employees age 65 or older, employees who have heart problems, or take certain medications are at higher risk for heat related illnesses. To combat heat stress, you should know and quickly identify the signs and symptoms of heat related illness, take quick action by getting into a cooler area with shade, and drink plenty of water (at least 1 cup per hour) and electrolyte containing fluids. If necessary, call 911 from a campus phone or (574)-631-5555 from a cell phone to get help.
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