Beat the Heat: Work, rest, shade

A friend of mine recently worked first aid at the MS150 bike ride in Minnesota. It was in the 90s with up to 30 mph winds–not the best conditions for a bike ride.  Those weather conditions led to a lot of riders ending up being transported to the hospital or pulled from the ride, mostly due to heat illness and dehydration.

OSHA has a new campaign for workers who have to work in the heat.  Heat illness can be deadly, and it can be prevented.

“Each year,” says Dolores Huerta,the co-founder of the United Farmworkers and recent Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, “thousands of workers in agriculture, construction, and other outdoor industries develop heat-related illnesses that can cause serious medical problems and even death. Heat illness can be prevented – beat the heat with water, rest and shade.”

OSHA has a dedicated website with a lot of resources. 

They even have a heat app for your smartphone. Most of the information is available in English and Spanish.

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