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"Summer" Months. 2006. They're Here!. "Summer" Months. June, July & August. The summer months will present a different hazard into the work environment – hyperthermia and dehydration. What can we do proactively to prevent hyperthermia? What about dehydration? .

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"Summer" Months

2006

They're Here!

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"Summer" Months

June, July & August

The summer months will present a different hazard into the work environment – hyperthermia and dehydration.

  • What can we do proactively to
  • prevent hyperthermia?
  • What about dehydration?
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There are different stages of heat related illnesses.

Order of Severity: (starting with the least severe)

  • Sunburn
      • Heat Cramps
      • Heat Exhaustion
      • Heat Stroke
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Sunburns

Symptoms:

  • redness and pain to the skin, possible swelling, blisters, fever, and headaches.

What to do:

  • (before) Take a shower using mild soap to remove oils that may block the pores, which may prevent the body from cooling naturally.
  • (after) If blisters occur, apply dry sterile dressing and visit your doctor.
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Heat Cramps

Symptoms:

  • painful spasms usually in the legs and abdominal muscles. Heavy sweating.

What to do:

  • massage to relieve the spasms and drink water, but discontinue if nausea occurs.
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Heat Exhaustion

Symptoms:

  • heavy sweating, weakness, skin cold pale and clammy. Weak Pulse. Normal body temperature is possible. Fainting and vomiting is also possible.

What to do:

  • get victim in a cool place, loosen clothing, apply ice packs or wet cloths, fan or move victim to an air-conditioned room. Give sips of water, but discontinue if nausea occurs. If vomiting occurs seek immediate medical attention. Take a shower using mild soap to remove oils that may block the pores, which may prevent the body from cooling naturally. If blisters occur, apply dry sterile dressing and visit your doctor.
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Heat Stroke

Symptoms:

  • high body temp (106 +), hot dry skin (unable to sweat), rapid strong pulse, possibly unconscious.

What to do:

  • This is a severe medical emergency, call 911, delay can be fatal. Move victim to cool environment and begin cooling him off with ice packs, wet cloths, fanning or air-condition.
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HEAT STRESS

-Is the inability of the human body to rid

itself of excessive heat.

Contributing Factors of Heat Stress:

  • Dehydration
  • High Temperature
  • Obesity
  • Fatigue
  • Drug or Alcohol Use
  • Poor Conditioning
  • No Acclimatization
  • Work Procedures
  • Age (>40)
  • Lack of Sleep
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin Trauma

Signs of Heat Stress:

  • Heat Exhaustion- Heavy sweating, low blood pressure, increased body temperature, high pulse rate, pale face, intense thirst and fatigue.
  • Heat Stroke- High body temperature, absence of sweating, hot dry skin, rapid pulse, difficult breathing, high blood pressure, headache or dizziness, nausea or vomiting, erratic behavior and extreme weakness.

Prevention of Heat Stress:

  • Eat light meals, minimize fat intake
  • Wear light clothing, light colors
  • If possible, avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Worker Training/Awareness
  • Take Breaks
  • Use CAUTION with FRC’s
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Vacation Time

HUH???

Who’s gone? Who’s leaving?

  • Don’t plan vacations at the last minute.
  • Keep your mind focused on work not your vacation.
  • Develop a vacation plan within teams and contractors.

Who’s backfilling?

According to this notice, my vacation starts now.

  • Is relief personnel competent?
  • Is there adequate relief personnel?
  • Is the relief personnel overloaded?
  • Can the job wait?

Plan Ahead!!!

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STRESS

Money

Meetings

Health

Work hours

Personnel Issues

Increased activity

Weather Conditions

Vacation

Personal Issues

Family

Paperwork

Deadlines

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Drive right for the conditions, watch your speed, look out for other drivers, slow down on dirt roads, buckle up, stay alert and STOP to talk.

GIVE’EM A BRAKE!

Be aware of increased road construction.

Watch for SLOW moving farm equipment.

Driving Safety-

Ensure your vehicle is fit for purpose, inspected and confirmed to be in safe working order.

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Driving Safety-

School buses are parked and school children are out and about for the summer.

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&

Rattlesnakes

Insects

  • Be cautious around cool shady

areas on hot summer days.

  • Be cautious as you move around

on warm summer nights.

  • Be cautious in low traffic areas:

tall grass, weeds, brush and around

items that snakes can get under.

  • Be careful when
  • opening lids & doors.
  • Be careful putting

your hands under

objects.

Watch Where You Put Your Hands And Feet!

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New Hires

  • Summer Help
  • Young and inexperienced people
  • entering the workforce
  • Reorganizing workforces (new jobs,
  • moving into area, etc.)
  • Short Service Employees (SSE) require
  • mentors

1:1 Mentor/Worker Ratio

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BE ON THE

OUT!

Remember, once a HAZARD has been overlooked and caused injury, it’s too late to think about what should have been done!

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STOP before proceeding with any job task or anytime the scope changes.

THINK about what you are going to do? What are the hazards associated with the job task?

PLAN the job steps. How will you mitigate the hazards? What resources are needed? Can the job be done safely?

GO ahead and do the job - SAFELY!

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Family

Just keep things in perspective….