The hot weather has returned to Colorado again this week, be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat stress
Heat stress, combined with hard work, loss of fluids, or fatigue, may lead to more serious heat disorders, disability or even death. It’s wise for supervisors and employee to understand the effects of heat stress, take personal precautions against it, and know its symptoms and first aid treatment.
Physical conditioning can help a lot. The more fit a person is, the lower their heart rate and body temperature, and the more efficiently they sweet.
Hydration, or maintaining plenty if fluids in your system, is critical to avoiding heat stress systems. Hydration is what allows us to sweet and sweet is what cools us. Consume plenty of fluids before, during and after the job.
Don’t drink fluids with alcohol or caffeine, because they increase dehydration. Instead, try to drink at least 8 ounces of water or electrolyte rich “sport drinks” like Gatorade every 30 minutes.
For more information on working in the heat of the summer contact StaffScapes at 303-466-7864. Cover up find the shade and stay cool this summer.