It’s finally summer! Barbeques, baseball games, concerts, pool parties, hanging out on the beach… these are the activities we’ve been looking forward to doing all winter long! The only thing you have to worry about is tan lines and keeping ice in the cooler, right? Unfortunately, while the sun and warm weather allows us to take advantage of the outdoors, excessive heat, sweating, and not keeping properly hydrated creates down side to fun in the sun as well.
Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses and injuries such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes. Heat can also increase the risk of injuries in workers as it may result in sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and dizziness. Burns may also occur as a result of accidental contact with hot surfaces, sun exposure, or steam.
Summer is almost everyone's favorite time of year but it's also a peak time for tragedy. The devastating heat can lead to such events.
Most situations are preventable and, with the proper knowledge of how to combat them, can be dealt with properly when the time comes—or even avoided entirely.
According to the National Safety Council's Injury Facts 2016, 372 people died in 2013 from exposure to excessive heat. This is what you need to look out for: