The month of May is upon us, bringing with it the beginning of summer’s warm temperatures.  Which means it is once again time to remind outdoor workers about heat-related illness.

Heat is more deadly in the U.S. than earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes combined[1]. Between 1992 and 2006, heat caused the deaths of 423 crop workers[2].

Prevention is key to avoiding heat-related illness.  For starters, drink plenty of water and take frequent rest breaks in the shade.  Also be on the lookout for symptoms[3] of heat-related illness, including lightheadedness, dizziness, and fatigue.

This year, prevention is even easier with a heat stress app[4] developed by OSHA.  It will calculate the heat stress risk level and show appropriate precautions.  Simply enter the temperature and humidity, or let the app find it for you.

When working outdoors this summer, remember – “Water. Rest. Shade.”[5]  And check out OSHA’s Heat Stress app, available for iPhone and Android.

– Anastasia Wagner –
Anastasia Wagner is a partner of Lamson, Dugan & Murray.  Originally from Grand Island, Nebraska, and the daughter of a fourth generation farmer, Anastasia practies in the area of toxic torts and environmental law.