Summer 2017 Beat the Heat
A Preparedness Campaign for Ag – Farming, Fishing and Forestry
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Heat illness can be deadly. With education and preparedness, you can save lives.
Join the launch of the Summer 2017 Beat the Heat campaign to prevent heat illness and deaths in agriculture. The U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers (US Ag Centers) are joining the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/CDC to share critical information for farming, fishing, and forestry industries. We are asking employers, safety specialists and educators, to join us in preparing for the season and educating operators and workers.
Farming, fishing and forestry workers are at particular risk for heat illness because of exertional heat stress. Like athletes, during hard work, heat is built-up in the body. This, combined with other factors, can cause heat-related illnesses. Heat illness occur when the body can no longer cope and the body’s physical and mental functions break down.
Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable. You can save lives by simply understanding:
- Signs and symptoms
- Personal risk factors
- Emergency response
The US Ag Centers have prepared a collection of safety resources reflecting the themes of 2017 Beat the Heat Week. See nasdonline.org for fresh ideas and educational materials (English and Spanish) about how to stay safe while working in farming, forestry and fishing. You can also find us on social media sharing practical tips, video links and safety reminders.
Follow social media for tips and resources on these daily themes:
Monday, June 12
Tuesday, June 13
Wednesday, June 14
Thursday, June 15
Friday, June 16
- National Ag Safety Database (nasdonline.org)
- Heat Safety Checklist
- NEW! Free OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App
- NIOSH/CDC Heat Stress Resources
- OSHA Heat Illness Campaign
- Heat Illness Prevention: Training Materials
- NIOSH Ag Centers YouTube Channel
HYDRATEAdequate hydration is the most important step to combating heat stress.
ASSESSAssess the relative danger of the conditions and your personal risk factors.
ACCLIMATIZEIf an employee is new to a job or is returning after time away: ease them back into full-time work.