June is Safety Month. Our Top Safety newsletter provides you a short (self-scored) quiz on your “Safety Smarts”. How did you do? Also we are to look at home safety and our locations with pools and bath tubs there are some signs and symptoms of “Secondary and Dry Drowning”.
I’d also be negligent if I don’t point out that we all need to be cautious about Heat Stress. Remember to keep hydrated (plenty of cool water). Take breaks and if working outdoors, wear light colors and long sleeves to protect your body. Don’t forget the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Nausea or vomiting
Heat Stroke Symptoms:
Sweating may or may not be present
Red or flushed, hot, dry skin
Altered levels of consciousness
Rapid, weak pulse
Convulsions before or during cooling
And know how to respond
If Heat Stroke, call 911 immediately and transport as soon as possible. Heat stroke can be life threatening.
Seconds count—cool the worker rapidly using whatever methods you can. Consider a cool shower, spray cool water from a garden hose, apply a damp cloth. Continue monitoring the worker until medical help arrives—stay with him.
For either Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke:
Move the worker to a cool, shaded area to rest; do not leave him alone
Loosen and remove heavy clothing that restricts evapo-rative cooling
Give cool water to drink, about a cup every 15min. Drinking water is to be in plenty of convenient, visible locations close to the work area
Fan the worker, spray cool water, or apply a damp cloth to his skin to increase evapo-rative cooling
When responding remember to—Keep calm and cool!
Have a safe and great Summer.