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.