Heat stress

With record high temperatures expected to continue for a few days  in the Interior, remember to protect yourself from heat stress.  To combat heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration, OSHA guidelines provide the following recommendations:

  • Drink liquids, preferably water, before you are thirsty and every 15 minutes
  • Avoid alcohol or caffeine
  • Schedule frequent rest periods in shaded or air-conditioned areas
  • Wear lightweight and light colored, loose-fitting clothing


Be alert for signs of heat stress in your co-workers.  If a co-worker is not alert or seems confused, have them sit down in a cool area, apply ice and get help immediately.  Additional symptoms of heat stress and other protective measures can be found at http://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3154.pdf