Friday, July 11, 2014

ISEA Offers Heat Stress Prevention Tips

International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) urges outdoor workers to stay hydrated to help prevent dehydration, the primary cause of heat exhaustion and cramps. Taking breaks to cool down, ISEA says, as well as wearing protective gear, can help reduce heat-related illnesses.ISEA’s Buyer’s Guide offers a list of suggested manufacturers and distributors of heat stress solutions.

“When high heat environments are unavoidable, certain types of PPE can be incorporated as preventive measures,” says ISEA president Daniel Shipp. “ISEA encourages employers to stay current on cooling products and prevention of heat stress to enable employees to protect themselves in these situations.”

ISEA recommends that outdoor workers follow several tips to stay safe:
  • Use cooling vests and other cooling clothing or accessories to help keep overall body temperature at a moderate level.
  • Wear broad-brimmed hats and lightweight clothing to reduce direct sun exposure.
  • Wear lightweight, sweat-wicking, fast-drying clothes. Sweat adds an insulating layer to the skin, causing the body to work even harder to stay cool.
  • Use OSHA’s Heat Safety Tool smartphone app.