Worker drinking waterBy Jena Williams

Be sure to stay hydrated or take breaks as needed to prevent heat-related illness. That means drink before you are thirsty and rest before you are fatigued.

Symptoms to watch for in yourself and others include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Heavy thirst
  • Panting/rapid breathing
  • Rapid pulse
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Exhaustion, weakness
  • Clumsiness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Cramps

If you notice any of these symptoms, immediately get the person or yourself into the shade and begin sipping a cool, non-caffeinated beverage. Symptoms should improve within a few minutes, if not, call 911.

THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE GUIDE TO SYMPTOMS OR TREATMENT. PLEASE CLICK THE LINKS BELOW FOR MORE. IF IN DOUBT, ALWAYS CALL 911.

Note that Washington’s rule kicked in May 1

The Outdoor Heat Exposure Rule WAC 296-62-095 applies from May 1 through September 30, every year, when exposures are at or above a specific temperature (listed in Table 1 of the rule).

Information from Washington’s Labor & Industries on Outdoor Heat Exposure (OHE, Heat Stress) http://www.lni.wa.gov/safety/topics/atoz/heatstress/ This link has lots of good training information.