Proven Method to Prevent Heat Stroke?

How Do I Prevent Heat Stroke?

When the weather first turns hot is the worst time for heat stroke. The key to preventing heat stroke is to start work in a well-hydrated state and to maintain this throughout the day. To prevent heat stroke drink lots of water before you start work, continue through the day and even on your way home. You may not feel thirsty but keep drinking anyway.

If you don’t have the water in your body to produce enough sweat to cool yourself down you are in big trouble. It can take 3 or 4 hours to get the water you need back into your system after sweating, so don’t get behind in your water consumption. Your dehydration may carry over from one day to the next if you don’t drink enough after work.

It is possible to remain well hydrated while working in the heat (Miller and Bates, 2007). A study in construction workers in the Middle East (Bates and Schneider, 2008) demonstrated that simple strategies to promote adequate intake of fluid enabled workers to remain adequately hydrated in ambient temperatures reaching 50°C or more with no evidence of physiological heat strain despite the severe thermal conditions. A combination of adequate hydration with a policy of self-pacing (permitting workers to adjust their work rate to the thermal conditions) allows work to continue safely in all but the most extreme conditions.

Recommendations to Prevent Heat Stress (Bates et al., 2010)

  • Supply each worker with a personal insulated drink container to accompany the worker on site and to be kept as close as practicable at all times.
  • Encourage workers to arrive on site well hydrated
  • Workers should be drinking between 600 ml and 1 l of water per hour in summer.
  • At the start of the shift, the drink container should be full and workers should be instructed that it should be consumed and refilled every 2–3 hours.
  • During hot weather, when sweating is heavy, an appropriate electrolyte replacement beverage should be available.
  • Each worker should consume ‘at least’ one 2-litre container full of this beverage per day, ideally during the morning work period, to maintain electrolyte and energy levels.
  • During the ride home, encourage further drinking of water or electrolyte drink to replace afternoon losses
  • Educate workers to monitor their hydration levels from urine colour and volume. Reinforce this with posters in the latrines and rest areas.
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Free Safety Topics and Free WHMIS Training

Did you know that you can access Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards free of charge if they are referenced in health and safety legislation? You can
access all these CSA standards for free but you cannot print them (unless you
use the snipping tool). All you have to do is register

If you wondering if the guard on the conveyer is adequate or how often the lift truck operator needs to refresh their training this is the place to look. There is a new confined space standard but it looks like it is not available for free yet.

Some of the standards available include:

1.Workplace electrical safety

2.Safety Standard for Lift Trucks

3.Protective Footwear

4.Safeguarding of Machinery

5.Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes

6.Portable Ladders

7.Full Body Harnesses

8.Industrial Robots and Robot Systems – General Safety Requirements

9.Hearing Protection Devices – Performance, Selection, Care, and Use

10.Eye and Face Protectors

11.Selection, Use, and Care of Respirators
Don’t forget about our free WHMIS online training

What other sources of information do you use that you can
access for free?

 

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Prevention of Violence in the Workplace: Sample Policy

Workplaces in Ontario where more than 5 workers are regularly employed are required to have the necessary policies, programs, measures and procedures in place for the prevention of violence in the workplace. See below for an example of what a prevention of harassment and violence policy might look like.

Violence Prevention Policy Statement

 

When Aix Safety staff feel that that their physical well-being is at risk because of the actual or attempted application of physical force it must be reported immediately to their supervisor. They may remove themselves from the situation but remain must remain at a safe place as close as reasonably possible to the work station, until the investigation is complete.
Application
This policy applies to all Aix Safety employees, contractors, and clients on Aix Safety property.
Definitions

“workplace harassment” means engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome;
“workplace violence” means,
(a) the exercise of physical force by a person against a worker, in a workplace, that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker,
(b) an attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker,
(c) a statement or behaviour that it is reasonable for a worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker.

Violence Prevention Responsibilities
Aix Safety will:
• communicate this policy and its procedures to all employees
• train applicable supervisors and managers in this policies implementation
• ensure workplace violence hazard assessments are conducted by each manager/supervisor to determine whether the nature of the work or the work environment places, or may place, employees at risk of violence (see attached assessment form).
• advise the committee or a health and safety representative, of the results of the assessment, and provide a copy of the assessment is in writing
o if there is no committee or health and safety representative, advise the workers of the results of the assessment and, if the assessment is in writing, provide copies on request or advise the workers how to obtain copies.
• review the hazard assessment at least annually and more often if the nature or conditions of the work change.
• review the hazard assessment as often as necessary to ensure that the workers are protected from workplace harassment and violence.
• take all reasonable and practical measures to minimize or eliminate risks identified through the hazard assessment process, workplace inspections, or the occurrence of an incident
• in conjunction with review of hazard assessments, review and evaluate the effectiveness of past actions taken to minimize or eliminate workplace violence
• provide information if known, including personal information, (only that necessary to protect the worker from physical injury) related to a risk of workplace violence from a person with a history of violent behaviour if, the worker can be expected to encounter that person in the course of his or her work; and the risk of workplace violence is likely to expose the worker to physical injury.
• ensure all violence and harassment incidents are reported immediately to the operations manager
• investigate all violence and harassment incidents
• provide methods to prevent the reoccurrence of the violence or harassment incidents where possible.
• take all reasonable and practical measures to protect workers, acting in good faith, who report workplace violence or act as witnesses, from reprisal or further violence

The Joint Health and Safety Committee/Health and Safety Representative will:
• review the workplace violence hazard assessment results and provide recommendations to management to reduce or eliminate the risk of violence
• review all reports forwarded to them regarding workplace violence and other incident reports as appropriate pertaining to incidents of workplace violence that result in personal injury or threat of personal injury, property damage, or police involvement
• recommend corrective measures for the improvement of the health and safety of workers
• respond to employee concerns related to workplace violence and communicate these to management
• participate in the review of the policy and guidelines for continuous improvement

All Employees will:
• not engage in or ignore violent, threatening, intimidating or other disruptive behaviors
• report promptly to their supervisor any incident where the employee is subjected to, witnesses, or has knowledge of workplace violence, or has reason to believe that workplace violence may occur.

Any and all comments are welcome.

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Proven Methods to Prevent Heat Stroke- Even at 120 F

How Do I Prevent Heat Stroke?

When the weather first turns hot is the worst time for heat stroke. The key to preventing heat stroke is to start work in a well-hydrated state and to maintain this throughout the day. To prevent heat stroke drink lots of water before you start work, continue through the day and even on your way home. You may not feel thirsty but keep drinking anyway.

If you don’t have the water in your body to produce enough sweat to cool yourself down you are in big trouble. It can take 3 or 4 hours to get the water you need back into your system after sweating, so don’t get behind in your water consumption. Your dehydration may carry over from one day to the next if you don’t drink enough after work.

It is possible to remain well hydrated while working in the heat (Miller and Bates, 2007). A study in construction workers in the Middle East (Bates and Schneider, 2008) demonstrated that simple strategies to promote adequate intake of fluid enabled workers to remain adequately hydrated in ambient temperatures reaching 50°C or more with no evidence of physiological heat strain despite the severe thermal conditions. A combination of adequate hydration with a policy of self-pacing (permitting workers to adjust their work rate to the thermal conditions) allows work to continue safely in all but the most extreme conditions.

Recommendations to Prevent Heat Stress (Bates et al., 2010)

  • Supply each worker with a personal insulated drink container to accompany the worker on site and to be kept as close as practicable at all times.
  • Encourage workers to arrive on site well hydrated
  • Workers should be drinking between 600 ml and 1 l of water per hour in summer.
  • At the start of the shift, the drink container should be full and workers should be instructed that it should be consumed and refilled every 2–3 hours.
  • During hot weather, when sweating is heavy, an appropriate electrolyte replacement beverage should be available.
  • Each worker should consume ‘at least’ one 2-litre container full of this beverage per day, ideally during the morning work period, to maintain electrolyte and energy levels.
  • During the ride home, encourage further drinking of water or electrolyte drink to replace afternoon losses
  • Educate workers to monitor their hydration levels from urine colour and volume. Reinforce this with posters in the latrines and rest areas.
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