The Postal Bulletin’s latest edition offers tips on preventing heat stress

Beat the Heat, Stay Cool

It’s that time of year again when the temperature rises, and the potential for heat-related illness becomes a factor in your daily work routine. Beat the heat with these quick tips:

  1. Hydrate before, during, and after work. Prevention is important; maintain good hydration by drinking at least 8 ounces of water every 20 minutes.
  2. Dress appropriately for the weather. On warm days, wear light-colored, loose-fitting, and breathable clothing to keep your body temperature down.
  3. Use the shade to stay cool. When possible, use shaded areas to stay out of direct sunlight.
  4. Know the signs of heat stress. Understand what heat stress is, and how it can affect your health and safety. Watch out for:
  • Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating;
  • Headaches;
  • Confusion or dizziness;
  • Nausea;
  • Muscle cramps;
  • Weakness or fatigue; and
  • Rashes.

Notify your supervisor or call 911 if you experience signs of heat-related illness. This not only ensures your safety, but can also save your life.

— Safety and OSHA Compliance Programs,
Employee Resource Management, 5-25-17

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