Keeping Safe from Heat-related Injuries and Illnesses
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During the summer, hot weather increases the risk for heat-related injuries and illnesses. Since 2008, more than 100 workers have been killed on the job as a result of heat stress. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the risks and symptoms associated with heat-related injuries and illnesses and to know how to prevent them on the job.
Heat stroke is the most dangerous of all heat-related illnesses. It occurs when the body loses the ability to regulate its own temperature. The average human body temperature is 98.6°F, and shifts of even a few degrees can cause serious harm.
Working in hot or humid conditions increases the risks for heat stroke. Symptoms include dry/hot skin, a loss of sweating ability, mental confusion, convulsions, delirium, and a loss of consciousness; a heat stroke victim may even fall into a coma. When someone exhibits these symptoms, it is imperative to get immediate medical attention. See more at: http://www.ecmag.com/section/safety/hot-humid-and-healthy#sthash.brTysYow.dpuf