Alabama Coastal Cleanup Heat Stress

Protect Yourself From Heat Stress 

When the body is unable to cool iteself by sweating, several heat-induced illnesses such as heat stress or heat exhaustion and the more severe heat stroke can occur. Help protect yourself from these heat related conditions by learning the signs and symptoms of each, and how to preven the,

Factors leading to heat stress

High temperature and humidity, direct sun or heat, limited air movement, physical exertion, poor physical condition, some medications, and inadequate tolerances for hot workplaces can all lead to heat stress.

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion 

Headaches, dizziness, lightheadness, or fainting
Weakness and moist skin
Mood changes such as irritability or confusion
Upset stomach or vomiting

Symptoms of Heat Stroke 

Dry, hot skin with no sweating
Mental confusion or losing consciousness
Seizures or convulsions
Rapid Pulse

Preventing Heat Stress 

Know the signs, monitor yourself, use the buddy-system 
Block out direct sun or other heat sources
Use fans, air-conditioning, and rest regularly
Drink lots of water – one cup every 21 minutes
Wear lighweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothes
Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, or heavy meals

What to do for heat related illnesses 

Call 911 or local emergency # at once 
Move the person to a cool, shaded area
Loosen or remove heavy clothing
Provide cool drinking water
Use fans to cool them down
If possible mist person with water

For more compete information:

OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, US Department of Labor 
1-800-321-OSHA

www.osha.gov

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