Department: Health & Environment
Release Date: Jul 22, 2014
This week the temperatures in Northern Colorado will hit the highest of the summer so far. Though potentially dangerous for anyone, excessively hot summer weather can present a hazard for outdoor workers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) reports that people who work outdoors are more likely to become dehydrated and are more likely to get heat-related illness, and recommends the following preventive measures:
Heat exhaustion signs and symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, headache, nausea, and vertigo. Those suffering heat exhaustion should rest in a cool shaded area, drink sips of water, and apply cool wet cloths.
Heat cramps can include muscle cramps, pain or spasms in the abdomen, arms or legs. Treatment includes resting in a cool shaded area, drink sips of water or sports beverage, and gentle massage to relieve muscle spasms.
The National Institute on Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has published a Fast Facts pamphlet that lists symptom and first aid response for various heat-stress factors at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2010-114/.
Warning signs of heat related illness http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/warning.html
CDC’s website on Heat Stress for workers http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/