NIOSH issues new heat-related illness poster

Wearing PPE increases the risk for heat-related illnesses

Posted May 27, 2016

Just in time for the summer heat, NIOSH has issued the new, “Prevent Heat-Related Illness” poster. 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. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes. Heat can also increase the risk of injuries in workers as it may result in sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and dizziness. Burns may also occur as a result of accidental contact with hot surfaces or steam.

The poster reminds workers to:

  • Take time to acclimatize,
  • Stay well hydrated,
  • Watch for signs of heat-related illnesses, and
  • Take time to rest and cool down.

Workers at risk of heat stress include outdoor workers and workers in hot environments such as firefighters, bakery workers, farmers, construction workers, miners, boiler room workers, factory workers, and others wearing PPE. Workers at greater risk of heat stress include those who are 65 years of age or older, are overweight, have heart disease or high blood pressure, or take medications that may be affected by extreme heat.


 

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