Provided by Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
The heat this year has been astounding with record-breaking high temperatures reported across the state, even before the official first day of summer. Farmers, in particular, know that every Ohio summer is packed with unpredictable weather which begs the reminder for ways to stay safe in the heat.
Heat stress can lead to increased fatigue and diminished motor coordination, potentially causing illness or injury. Here are a few tips from Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) that may help prevent heat stress.
Dehydration is the primary cause of heat stress. It is crucial for those working in the heat to replace fluids lost from sweat regularly. Staying hydrated will keep you and your workers safe and alert. Experts recommend one cup of cool water every 15-20 minutes while working in the heat, even if you are not feeling thirsty.
Cramps, headaches and dizziness can be symptoms of heat exhaustion, so it’s important to pay attention to how you are feeling, especially on hotter days. If you experience any of these symptoms, make sure to find a shady area, take a break and hydrate. It’s also important to check in often with those on your team and watch for signs of heat exhaustion.
Heat-related illnesses may appear less severe than they really are. If you observe someone experiencing signs of heat stroke (confusion, slurred speech, seizures, very high body temperature, rapid heart rate, unconsciousness) seek medical help immediately.
Prepare a heat illness prevention plan
BWC offers a variety of free consulting services, including safety services for those working in agriculture. Consultants can help you put together a heat illness prevention plan that includes heat stress awareness training, health screenings, first-aid training and more.
For help with this free service, contact your local BWC service office, call 800-644-6292, or submit a request online. Please have your BWC policy number ready. A safety consultant will contact you within two business days.
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Established in 1912, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio, serving 249,000 public and private employers. With nearly 1,600 employees and assets of approximately $25 billion, BWC is one of the largest state-run insurance systems in the United States. For more, visit bwc.ohio.gov.