Take frequent breaks. 2. Take time to acclimatize. Working in the heat stresses the body and can lead to illness or even death in severe cases. adjustment periods before assigning a full work schedule; do hazard assessment, put controls in place for protection and educate workers on the hazards of working in the cold; Working in extreme heat. To combat the dangers of working in extreme heat, NIOSH advises: Do not give the victim any fluids to drink. Every year, dozens of employees fall ill while working in extreme heat conditions, with extreme cases resulting in death. If heat stroke is suspected, the department advises calling for emergency medical help, moving the worker to a shady area and placing him or her in a tub of cool water or cool shower, or spraying the victim with a garden hose. Employees exposed to long periods of extreme heat, such as agricultural and construction workers, may be at risk of heat stress (or heat illness) and related occupational injuries.Common illnesses related to heat stress include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rashes. In addition to discomfort and fatigue, high temperatures can cause heat-related illnesses: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. In fact, extreme heat is responsible for the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. Extreme heat can be particularly hazardous for children, seniors, those with special needs, and pets. Exposure to heat can also increase the risk of other injuries because of sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, dizziness, and burns from hot surfaces. In extreme heat your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature, which can lead to death. Your body needs time to adapt to working in hot weather. It’s important that you take time to rest and get out of the hot weather. Whether it’s winter cold and snow or scorching heat of summer, extreme weather cannot be ignored by workers. Working in Extreme Heat. Sadly the records of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are full of tragic stories about heat-related deaths: a welder’s assistant, an asparagus farmer, a police cadet-in-training. Exposure to extreme cold can result in hypothermia and frostbite, and thousands of workers get sick every year from heat exposure. Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can also result in dizziness and confusion. In this article we will go through some Toolbox Talks on working in harsh weather, particularly for sites in climates where work is likely to be severely affected. Take frequent breaks either in the shade or an air conditioned indoor area. 3. Extreme heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two to three days. 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