Hot tips to handle heat stress
Consider these 6 tips when working outdoors
Beware of heat exhaustion, heat cramps or heat stroke when you’re involved in strenuous activity in environments of 90o Fahrenheit or above.
Take time to allow your body to adjust to high-heat, high - humidity environments before exertion begins.
If you work in protective clothing and equipment, your chances of heat stress are greatly increased. In work environments of 81o Fahrenheit or above, experts recommend no employee spend more than 15 minutes of any one hour in an impervious suit unless cooling has been provided to the suit or the employee is wearing a heat stress monitor.
Don’t depend on thirst or sweat as an indicator of escalating body heat. Thirst is not always a dependable gauge and sweat may evaporate quickly, especially in dry-heat environments. Instead, be aware of the temperature and humidity, and drink fluids with electrolytes at regular intervals.
Know the symptoms of heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps, and respond quickly. (See chart above.)
Remember, it is much easier to prevent heat stress injuries than to recover from them. Be aware of the environment in which you work and drink fluids with electrolytes on a regular basis throughout the work day.
Squincher: Industrial electrolyte drink
Workers are susceptible to becoming dehydrated in the winter months just as much as the summer months. Keep Sqwincher on hand to avoid injury related to dehydration. Sqwincher’s industrial electrolyte drink was designed specifically for the high heat stress environment of industry. It is absorbed into the body significantly faster than water, allowing the body to replenish the electrolytes and minerals needed for re-hydration.