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As part of the Labor Department's heat stress initiative,which is designed to prevent heat-related workplace deaths, officials urge those who work outside or in hot environments during the summer months to be cautious and know the signs of heat stress.
"North Carolina's humid conditions coupled with 100 degree temperatures make for a dangerous combination," Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry said. "The department launched a heat awareness campaign to bring attention to heat-related illnesses that last year claimed four lives. As the temperature heats up to 100 degrees, workers can prevent serious injury to themselves or to a co-worker by understanding the signs and symptoms of heat stress."
The department's Occupational Safety and Health Division has developed additional materials to help employers and employees recognize and prevent heat-induced illnesses before the condition escalates to the more severe heat stroke.
Prior to last year, North Carolina had not experienced a heat-related fatality since 2006. While the Department of Labor has always stressed the deadly effects of heat-related illnesses, the statewide initiative will put extra emphasis on reaching out to anyone at risk of exposure to hot and humid working conditions.
"We are especially concerned about the upcoming streak of hot weather considering the unseasonably cool weather we have had thus far," Commissioner Berry said. "Summer officially began on June 20, so we've got some hot days ahead of us."
Dehydration is one of the primary causes of heat illness. When the body is unable to cool itself by sweating, several heat-induced illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and the more severe heat stroke can occur. It is recommended that workers consume eight ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes. Beverages containing caffeine or alcohol are not recommended for hydration purposes.
The following information will help you identify heat-related illnesses:
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
Headaches, dizziness, light headedness or fainting.
Weakness and moist skin.
Mood changes, irritability, confusion.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke
Dry, hot skin with no sweating.
Mental confusion or losing consciousness.
Seizures or convulsions.
What to Do for Heat-Related Illness
Call 911 (or local emergency number) immediately.
While Waiting for Help to Arrive
Move person to a cool, shaded area.
Loosen or remove heavy clothing.
Provide cool drinking water (only if victim is conscious).
Fan and mist the person with cool water; cool the victim's head with a wet compress.
Desirable Work Practices for Those Working Outdoors
Availability of cool drinking water.
Heaviest and most exhausting work scheduled for the coolest part of the day.
Frequent short breaks.
Prevention Is Our Intention
Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses; monitor yourself and co-workers.
Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks and heavy meals.
Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
Drink lots of water, about 1 cup every 15 minutes, even if you're not thirsty.
Rest regularly in cool, shaded or air conditioned areas.
The Labor Department has many publications available on heat stress available through the "Heat Stress Info" Quick Click on its website: www.nclabor.com.