Protecting from Heat Waves

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Let us protect ourselves from Heat wave

Let us protect ourselves from Heat wave Dr. Murali VallipuranathanMBBS, PGD (Population Studies), MSc, MD (Community Medicine), FCCPConsultant Community Physician April 2016

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EH&S OHSOJuly 23, 2008S:HeatRelated illness employee presentation.pptOptional Transition Slide listing the next four topics that effect heat stress on the body.

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EH&S OHSOJuly 23, 2008S:HeatRelated illness employee presentation.ppt10Emphasize to the employees the importance of removing heat-retaining personal protective equipment such as non-breathable chemical resistant clothing during all breaks. Any PPE raises body temperature so on hot days covered under these regulations extra caution must be taken when wearing PPE.

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EH&S OHSOJuly 23, 2008S:HeatRelated illness employee presentation.ppt12Optional slide required information.As you review this slide or the information stress how important drinking water is. You can use examples from your previous experience.

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EH&S OHSOJuly 23, 2008S:HeatRelated illness employee presentation.ppt13Required SlideAge over 40, overweight, and poor fitness increase the risk of heat illness.

EH&S OHSOJuly 23, 2008S:HeatRelated illness employee presentation.ppt14Required SlideThey can contact Occupational Health Nurse in EH&S for assistance, 206-221-7770. They should talk to their doctor about the type of work they do whenever they are given a medication.

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EH&S OHSOJuly 23, 2008S:HeatRelated illness employee presentation.ppt16Optional SlidePOSSIBLE WORKPLACE DISCUSSIONS IMPORTANT THAT UW SUPERVISORS SUPPORT HEAT STRESS PREVENTION MEASURESdiscussion of how protective gear can be inconvenient and uncomfortable - and how to minimize these problems; how economic and other pressures of production can cause UW supervisors and employees to resist interrupting work, even when heat stress conditions become hazardous; how some UW employees deliberately limit the amount of water they drink;and how flexibility and the use of experience and good judgment are important when setting work/rest cycles.

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EH&S OHSOJuly 23, 2008S:HeatRelated illness employee presentation.ppt17Required SlideGive examples of how each point applies to your work group.

EH&S OHSOJuly 23, 2008S:HeatRelated illness employee presentation.pptRequired SlideGive examples of how your UW employees can practice these points.

This is important to help you stay cool

EH&S OHSOJuly 23, 2008S:HeatRelated illness employee presentation.ppt19Required SlideStress how important this practice is. Give an example from your past or that you heard about. Your IH can help with examples.

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EH&S OHSOJuly 23, 2008S:HeatRelated illness employee presentation.ppt20Required SlideStress that the employee does not have to ask for a water break. During their normal break periods they must be drinking water to keep safe. They must drink extra water during these hot periods.

EH&S OHSOJuly 23, 2008S:HeatRelated illness employee presentation.ppt21Required SlideBy hydration we mean drinking enough water. If you become dehydrated, heat illness can occur.The most effective way for preventing heat stress is to steadily replenish the water that the body loses as sweat. Drinking a large amount of water all at once after sweating heavily for a long time is not as effective and can even be dangerous.About 1 quart every hour (equivalent to 32 oz or 4 cups of water)Cool liquids are better than ice coldSupply adequate water and encourage employees to drink regularly.Using another persons cup and or using hoses to deliver water are unsanitary and not acceptable.

Workers in restricted environments (sewers, etc.) should drink before entry and at regular intervals. The work time should also be limited. They should drink water during breaks without PPE on.

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EH&S OHSOJuly 23, 2008S:HeatRelated illness employee presentation.ppt22Required SlideNote: Suitably cool water should be sixty degrees Fahrenheit or less. During hot weather, employees may require up to three gallons of water per day. With this water consumption comes a need to use the bathroom. Facilities need to be available and workers must be given the opportunity to use them as needed. Supervisors should be prepared for more frequent bathroom breaks.

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Optional Slide Required information.While most of our employees will not be changing elevation, a sudden change to hot weather like this year requires time to adjust to the warmer weather.

Acclimatization peaks in most people within four to fourteen days of regular work for at least two hours per day in the heat.

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EH&S OHSOJuly 23, 2008S:HeatRelated illness employee presentation.ppt26Required SlideHeat exhaustion and heat stroke occur when the body becomes dehydrated loses too much water.NOTE: pesticide poisoning and heat stroke have similar symptoms. This is more likely to occur in agriculture. If there is any doubt about the illness, get medical help immediately. Both pesticide poisoning and heat stroke can be life-threatening and require prompt treatment.

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