The combination of air temperatures in the 90s and dew points ranging from 65-75 increases the risk of heat-related illness, such as heat stroke and hear exhaustion.
We understand farmers don’t get a snooze button. From before the sun rises to hours after it sets, farmers are in the elements and inside hot barns taking care of cattle and chores – no matter how hot is it!
The good news is heat-related illnesses can be prevented.
Individuals commonly affected by heat-related illnesses include outdoor workers, such as construction workers, agricultural workers, baggage handlers, electrical power transmission and control workers and yard maintenance workers.
6 Tips to Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses
- Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty.
- Rest in the shade to cool down.
- Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
- Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency.
- Keep an eye on fellow workers.
- “Easy does it” on your first days of work in the heat. You need to get used to it.
Source: OSHA. Water. Rest. Shade. campaign.
Safety is critical. Use these resources to keep yourself, employees, and co-workers safe, especially during hot and humid days.
- Heat-Related Illnessses (pdf). Handout that covers the signs and symptoms of various heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke, exhaustion, heat syncope (fainting), heat cramps, and more.
- Health Effects of Heat. Handouts available in both English (pdf) and Spanish (pdf).
- Mobile App (iPhone & Android): Heat Safety Tool: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html