Thursday, July 20, 2006

Workers Should Take Extra Measures To Stay Safe in Heat

It's that time of year to worry about overheating ...

"The heat wave of 2006 has the nation sweltering in temperatures climbing as high as 100 degrees. Such heat poses a health threat to everyone from coast to coast, but as conditions remain oppressive in the coming days, employers and workers should take necessary precautions.

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), heat-induced occupational illnesses, injuries and reduced productivity can occur with excessive exposure to a hot work environment. Aside from causing potentially life-threatening conditions such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, hot weather and working conditions can contribute to accidents that occur as the result of sweating, slippery palms, fogged up safety glasses and dizziness. Severe burns also can occur as a direct result of accidental contact with hot surfaces and steam.

Keeping a watchful eye on signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke can make a difference in preventing a fatality, according to OSHA. The agency has devised a series of products for employers and employees to utilize when temperatures soar."   (Continued via Occupational Hazards)       [Ergonomics Resources]

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