With headlines about record-setting high temperatures dominating the news this summer, Alamon’s Safety Team has been providing guidance to our field crews about dealing with and protecting themselves from the heat.
Heat-related illnesses are nothing to take lightly, and can be life threatening. Educate and prepare yourself when your workday involves working in extreme heat.
Preventing Heat Illness
- Drink plenty of cold water or electrolyte sports drinks.
- Take frequent breaks from work in a cool environment including air conditioned buildings or shaded areas.
- Do most strenuous work activities during cooler parts of the day, such as in the morning.
- Make sure employees are properly acclimated to warmer climates.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks because they can dehydrate the body.
- Work with someone else in order to look for signs of heat illness in each other.
- Wear light colored breathable clothing if PPE permits.
Heat Exhaustion vs Heat Stroke
- Symptoms: Fatigue, profuse sweating, muscle cramps, nausea, dizziness
First Aid: Affected individual must rest in a cool, shaded or air conditioned area. Cool her/him by fanning, misting or applying ice packs. If the individual is conscious, give cool water.
- Symptoms: High body temperature (over 104° F), hot dry skin, nausea, headaches, confusion and possible unconsciousness.
- First Aid: Heat stroke is life threatening. Call 911 immediately. Begin cooling measures while waiting for medical personnel.