Beat the Heat

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
  • Preparedness
  • 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
Signs & Symptoms

Tuesday, June 13
Prepare for the Heat – Employer Checklist

Wednesday, June 14
Acclimatization & Risk Factors

Thursday, June 15
Employer & Crew Tool Box

Friday, June 16
Myth Buster Survey & Resources