USPS: Beat the heat – Kit offers tips to stay cool during hot weather

The Postal Service has produced a safety kit to help employees recognize and avoid heat-related illnesses.

The kit includes tips on preventing heat stress, such as:

  • Hydrate before, during and after work. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
  • Dress appropriately. On warm days, wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing to keep body temperatures down.
  • Get in the shade. When possible, avoid direct sunlight.

Employees also should know the signs of heat stress, including:

  • Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
  • Headache
  • Confusion or dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Rash

Employees who experience symptoms should call their supervisor or 911.

The Heat Stress Prevention kit is available on the Safety toolkit site, which also has stand-up talks, posters and other materials.

via USPS News Link Story – Beat the heat.

One thought on “USPS: Beat the heat – Kit offers tips to stay cool during hot weather

  1. 1) The 8 8 ounce glasses of water per day has been disproven as a guideline for water consumption.

    2) Why doesn’t the service issue camelbacks for the carriers? If they actually gave a damn about the employees they might try being a little proactive for a change.

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