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Preventing Heat-Related Illness in Outdoor Workers

A recent NIOSH report offers advice to employers on the importance of preventing heat-related illness in workers.

The report is based on an evaluation of heat stress at a national park in California, but the agency said its recommendations  can be applied to other worksites where extreme heat may be a factor.

NIOSH found that one out of nine employees had a core body temperature above the defined heat strain criteria. Several had sustained maximum heart rates consistent with heat strain.

NIOSH offers the following advice to employees:

•    Carry a radio
•    Follow the in-place heat stress policy provided by your employer
•    Learn the signs and symptoms of excessive heat strain
•    Self-monitor and document heat strain signs and symptoms
•    Tell your supervisor immediately if you or a co-worker has symptoms of heat-related illness
•    Drink plenty of fluids and take frequent breaks

 

Read the full report here.

 

Andrew Finkelstein

Mr. Finkelstein is the Managing Partner of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP. He has become a noted consumer activist through his representation of injured individuals against corporate wrongdoers and irresponsible parties. An accomplished litigator, Mr. Finkelstein has represented Plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has successfully handled dozens of multi-million dollar cases.