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Heat Stress Use the Buddy System 2008

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Published on Sep 1, 2009

Heat tends to promote accidents due to the slipperiness of sweaty palms, dizziness, or the fogging of safety glasses. Aside from these obvious dangers, the frequency of accidents, in general appears to be higher in hot environments than in more moderate environmental conditions. One reason is that working in a hot environment lowers the mental alertness and physical performance of an individual. Increased body temperature and physical discomfort promote irritability, anger, and other emotional states which sometimes cause workers to overlook safety procedures or to divert attention from hazardous tasks.
In 2008 Washington State adopted a heat stress standard defining the minimum protection for outdoor workers. Only California has a similar requirement in the USA. The regulation requires employers with employees who work outdoors to train workers and supervisors to recognize heat-related illness and what to do if someone has symptoms. On days when temperatures require preventive measures, employers must increase the volume of water available to workers and have the ability to appropriately respond to any worker with symptoms of illness. For more information on heat stress and its prevention, link to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries website at http://www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/default.asp . This is clipped from the very good 2008 DVD (21min) , Heat : A Dangerous Combination, from the wonderful folks at the Washington State L&I (which includes the Washington State OSHA program). Go to their website for other good DVDs and great information: http://www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/TrainToo... .

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