An OSHA news release said the two most serious forms of heat-related illnesses are heat exhaustion (primarily from dehydration) and the more severe heat stroke, which could be fatal. Symptoms include headaches, weakness, nausea and dizziness. Recognizing those warning signs and taking quick action can help prevent a fatality.
The announcement said the online resources include:
- Working Outdoors in Warm Climates , an OSHA fact sheet that offers advice on ways to protect employees against exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) that highlights precautions to take if working in extreme heat and explains how to protect against Lyme disease and the West Nile Virus.
- OSHA’s Heat Stress Quick Card, a document that lists tips on preventing many heat-related deaths and injuries.
More information about sun and heat hazards can be found on OSHA’s Web site ( http://www.osha.gov ), and on the Web sites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ( http://www.cdc.gov ) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) ( http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/homepage.html ).
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