Summer Safety 101

  • workforce insights
  • June 27, 2014


Heat stress occurs when the body is unable to regulate itself by sweating and the core body temperature rises to critical levels. It is a medical emergency that can lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and in severe cases, death.

Know the Symptoms of Heat Stress

  • Cramps
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Heavy perspiration/moist and clammy skin
  • Labored breathing
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Weakness/lightheaded

Quick Tips to Keep Cool this Summer

  1. Hydration starts at home. Drink water consistently, not just at work and avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol in excess.
  2. When possible, work at off-peak hours, when the sun is less intense or stay out of the sun altogether.
  3. Take breaks. Cool down whenever possible by sitting in a shaded or air conditioned area.
  4. Wear the right things. Wear loose, breathable cotton clothing, sunglasses, hats and sunscreen when possible.
  5. Be prepared. Stay up-to-date on trainings and maintain a good physical condition—staying active will help build tolerance to the heat.

Setting the Standard in Heat Safety
The latest standards in heat illness prevention encourages all employers with outdoor work sites to train their employees on how to prevent heat illness, including taking mandatory breaks, or recovery periods, for workers working outdoors in temperatures exceeding 85 degrees. Informational heat stress posters should be posted for employees engaged in outdoor activities conducted in hot weather.

Download the heat stress infographic