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Five tips to beat the heat when working outdoors

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August 16, 2012

TUMWATER — If you work outdoors, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) says to take steps to prevent heat-related illness, a condition that can cause serious illness or even death.

L&I recommends these five tips:

  1. Start work well hydrated and drink as much as a cup of water every 15 minutes.
  2. Watch co-workers for signs of heat-related illness, such as headaches, dizziness or nausea.
  3. Pace your work and take scheduled breaks.
  4. Wear lightweight clothing, and remove protective gear when it’s safe to do so.
  5. Avoid drinking caffeine or eating a heavy meal.

Roofing, highway construction and agricultural work are just a few of the workplaces across Washington in which workers are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses in warm weather.

Go to www.Lni.wa.gov/Safety/Topics/AtoZ/heatstress for additional tips and training help.

Since 2008, Washington state has had a workplace-safety rule on outdoor heat exposure to protect workers from heat-related illness.

The rule requires employers with employees working outdoors to train workers and supervisors on the symptoms of heat-related illness and what to do if someone develops them. Employers also must provide plenty of water for workers, be able to respond appropriately to any employee with symptoms of illness and include heat-related-illness hazards in the company’s accident prevention program.

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For media information: Elaine Fischer, L&I, 360-902-5413.

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If you work outdoors, take steps to prevent heat-related illness, a condition that can cause serious illness or even death. The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) recommends these five tips to protect yourself: drink plenty of water, pace your work and take scheduled breaks, wear lightweight clothing, avoid caffeine and heavy meals, and watch your co-workers for symptoms of heat-related illness, such as headaches, dizziness or nausea. A state rule requires employers to make sure workers have plenty of water and are trained to recognize heat-related illness. For more information, visit www dot Lni dot wa dot gov.

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