MARCOM's Video On Demand (VOD) program on Heat Stress in Construction Environments discusses the hazards of getting overheated, how employees can stay cool on a hot job site and what they should do if a coworker suffers from heat stress. Any time workers get hot and sweaty, they're feeling heat stress. The hotter they get, the more likely heat stress is to affect their health. And if employees get overheated enough to develop heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke, the effect on them can be serious, even fatal. Areas included in the program include information on heat and the body’s cooling system, understanding heat-related illnesses, treating heat-related illnesses, preparing to work in hot environments and more.
- Upon completing the course, employees should:
- Understand the health hazards that are associated with working in hot conditions on a job site.
- Be able to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses.
- Know how to assist a person who is suffering from a heat-related illness.
- Know the equipment and safe practices they should use to work safely in hot environments.