OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App

From the CDC website…

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The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool is a useful resource for planning outdoor work activities based on how hot it feels throughout the day. Featuring real-time heat index and hourly forecasts, specific to your location, as well as occupational safety and health recommendations from OSHA and NIOSH.

The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool features:

  • A visual indicator of the current heat index and associated risk levels specific to your current geographical location
  • Precautionary recommendations specific to heat index-associated risk levels
  • An interactive, hourly forecast of heat index values, risk level, and recommendations for planning outdoor work activities in advance
  • Editable location, temperature, and humidity controls for calculation of variable conditions
  • Signs and symptoms and first aid information for heat-related illnesses

Find out more and download the app here.



Heat Stress Training Document

The middle of February seems like a strange time to be talking about heat stress but this is the time to start preparing for summer, BEFORE the heat arrives.

Thankfully, Ergodyne has got you covered. They’ve put together a 30 pages document that you can use to train your employees and/or supervisors.

You can download it by clicking on the image below:

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Start Preparing Now for Summer Heat Stress

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As spring comes to an end and summer moves in, the dangers of heat stress and heat exhaustion move in. Understanding heat illness makes a difference in the care and prevention of heat related issues. Heat stress occurs when the body temperature climbs above 100 degrees F.

Who is at risk?

  • Anyone who is doing physical labor in warm conditions
  • Anyone working in High humidity
  • Anyone who isn’t properly hydrated
  • Older workers
  • Anyone working in direct sunlight
  • Anyone working around equipment that gives off heat
  • Anyone who has had a previous problem with a heat illness
  • Certain people who are on certain medications
  • Anyone with high blood pressure
  • Anyone who is overweight
  • Anyone wearing clothing or PPE that retains heat

What are the symptoms?

Early stages:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Heavy sweating
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea or vomitting
  • Heat rash, especially on the upper chest and neck area or in the groin or elbow creases.

Later, extreme serious stages:

  • Confusion
  • Delirium
  • Dry skin (body has lost all moisture and isn’t sweating any more)
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

The best way to deal with heat related illnesses is to keep the body temperature down. There are several ways to do this:

  • Wear lightweight, light-color, breathable clothing.
  • Protect the skin from direct sunlight
  • Work in the cooler hours if possible
  • Provide shade
  • Drink lots of water (avoid caffeinated beverages or beverages with a lot of sugar or sweetners)
  • Don’t eat heavy meals until after the work is done.
  • Shield from equipment that gives off heat or move it away from the work area

Treating Heat Stress

  • Move the person to a shaded area
  • Loosen all clothing
  • Hydrate slowly (when the body is close to shut down it will not be able to absorb liquids properly. Too much to fast can do more harm than good)
  • If the later stages are present, immediately call 911

 



Download a FREE copy of “Heat Stress: Overview & Solutions” Webinar

Ergodyne, Sqwincher, EHS Today and CLMI Safety Training recently partnered to put on a webinar on Heat Stress. The webinar is now over and done but, for those of you who wish you’d been able to attend and need the information, it’s going to be available for download for the next 12 months.

In this webinar leading experts in the hydration and safety industries will discuss:

  • Causes, Symptoms and Costs of Heat Related Illness
  • The Evolving Regulatory Scene
  • Helpful Guides and Solutions

Register and download it here.



Urine Color Chart for Dehydration Check

With the advent of summer and heat comes the renewed emphasis on hydration and heat stress. The past couple of years has seen a strong push to decrease dehydration and heat stress related health problems. The problem with heat stress and dehydration is often related to the fact that we don’t realize how dehydrated we really are. One of the easiest ways to tell is still by checking the color of your urine. The darker it is in color the more you are dehydrated.

Sqwincher, has long been in the forefront of the battle against dehydration with a full-line of rehydration products. They’ve come up with a new poster that you can post on your job site (or in the bathroom or porta-John) that provides a color gradation to check the color of your urine against to show how dehydrated you really are.

The old adage about leading a horse to water might be true but if you can get the horse to realize that he really is thirsty and in need of water you won’t have to force him to drink, he’ll drink on his own. As an employee you can’t force your workers to drink and stay hydrated but simply showing them how dehydrated might be should do the trick.

Download a copy of the poster here.


It’s Hot! Are you protecting your employees?

Quiz: What’s the deadliest natural catastrophe? Seeing the title of today’s blog, you’ve probably already guessed… it’s heat-related fatalities. Hot weather kills more people each year than tornadoes, floods, lighting or hurricanes. Because these deaths are isolated rather than collective as in the case of one of the other natural disasters we just mentioned, they don’t tend to get the same amount of attention.

As the summer reaches its zenith, however, it’s time for employers to take heat related injuries seriously and plan accordingly.

Here are a few tips:

  • Check on workers more often than under normal conditions.
  • Try to provide shade for them to work in whenever possible
  • Make sure that they are staying hydrated. Electrolyte replacement drinks such as Sqwincher, help get the body get rehydrated faster.
  • Schedule strenuous tasks early in the day to avoid the extreme temperatures later
  • Provide lightweight, light colored and loose fitting clothing, hats and cooling products such as MiraCool Bandanas to employees
  • Provide Sunscreen and UV protective Eyewear

Simple common sense goes a long way in keeping your employees from becoming part of the annual statistic. Work can’t grind to a halt when temperatures soar but keeping your employees body temperature down is the key to being able to continue to be productive.


Free Webinar on the Dangers of Dehydration

You may wish that you’d gotten this information earlier, like last week when Seattle reaches a number of record highs, but the information is still something that’ll be of great benefit, whenever you get it.
Got this email last week and thought that I’d share it with my readers:

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Every year thousands of people are injured on job sites due to lack of concentration or loss of focus. Many of these incidents are directly connected to heat related dehydration due to lack of accessible, clean, fresh drinking water. The issue of dehydration in the workplace has until recently been insufficiently researched, but current legal cases involving dehydrated workers has brought dehydration into current debate. Visit the registration page.

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This webinar:
• Addresses hydration importance
• Answers the questions of what is dehydration and how it affects the human body
• Teaches employers what they can do to hydrate their employees and mitigate the effects that dehydration can have on a work force

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