CPWR Releases Guide to Prevent Heat Illness
Earlier this month, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) published a new Hazard Alert that addresses heat hazards and the best methods to prevent illness and injury while working in hot weather.
As part of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) cooperative programs to provide safety and health resources, the Hazard Alert recommends workers and employers protect themselves by doing the following:
Dress for hot conditions – this includes wearing clothes that are light-colored, loose-fitting and lightweight
Drink water – the Hazard Alert advises drinking water every 15 minutes in hot conditions. It also suggests employers provide roughly 4 cups of cool, clean water for each worker every hour
Take breaks – the Hazard Alert suggests taking these breaks in shaded, cooled or air-conditioned areas
Additionally, the alert explains what to look for as signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Symptoms of heat stroke ...