It’s Heating Up: Understanding & Preventing Heat Related Illnesses

Episode 82

It’s Heating Up: Understanding & Preventing Heat Related Illnesses

In this episode of the podcast, we discuss how to anticipate this year’s hottest days of the year, what the risks of working in the hear are and what employers can do to decrease the chances workers might end up with a heat related illness.

Meteorologists across the country are warning Americans that this summer is going to be one of the hottest on record. The Weather Channel, in its first long-term outlook for the season, said that it would be rather toasty from coast to coast this year – particularly in the western and central portions of the United States.

Weather experts explain that an incoming La Nina could be a reason for the hotter weather. The La Nina is a periodic cooling of water in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean, this influences weather patterns near the U.S. and beyond throughout the year.

Whatever the reason for a hotter summer, it is important to stay on top of the weather forecasts for these hot summer days as being inadequately prepared for outside work, or even work inside buildings with improper cooling methods, could spell out disaster for workers.

In this episode of the podcast, we are going to discuss how to anticipate this year’s hottest days of the year, what the risks of working in the hear are and what employers can do to decrease the chances workers might end up with a heat related illness.

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About the Author

Sydny Shepard is the former editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

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