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Tennessee OSHA focuses on Heat Stress Awareness


Workers Die From Heat Stroke Every Summer and Every Death is Preventable

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – Tennessee OSHA wants Tennessee workers to be aware of the symptoms of heat stress and heat stroke as temperatures start to rise this summer. Working in the sun and heat can cause heat illness, which can be a matter of life and death.

“The summer months in Tennessee with the combination of heat and humidity can be extremely dangerous for outdoor workers,” said TOSHA Administrator John Winkler. “It is very important for people to be aware of the symptoms and dangers associated with heat stress and heat stroke so they can prevent an injury or death from occurring.”

Signs of heat stress are headache, dizziness, fainting, weakness, wet skin, irritability, thirst, nausea or vomiting. Some symptoms associated with heat stroke are confusion, the inability to think clearly, passing out, seizures or no longer being sweaty.

Heat stress and heat stroke can shut down major body organs causing acute heart, liver, kidney and muscle damage, nervous system problems and blood disorders. Workers suffering from heat exhaustion are also at great risk for accidents since they are less alert and can be confused.

It is crucial for employers to allow their employees to be able to drink water often and allow them rest in the shade. If symptoms of heat stress or heat stroke are noticed it is important to report them early and to be knowledgeable of what to do in an emergency.

For more information on heat stress and heat stroke please go to heat training guide.




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