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.
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 occurs when the body can no longer cope and the body’s physical and mental functions break down.
Most important to know, is that heat illnesses and deaths are preventable.
The Summer 2017 Beat the Heat Campaign will be launched the week of June 12-16, 2017 and the U.S. Ag Centers will be sharing resources related to these daily themes:
Monday, 6/12 - Signs and Symptoms
Tuesday, 6/13 - Prepare for the Heat, Employer Checklist
Wednesday 6/14 - Acclimatization & Risk Factors
Thursday, 6/15 - Employer & Crew Tool Box
Friday, 6/16 - Myth Buster Survey & Resources
We will continue to share these and other heat safety resources throughout the summer. 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 Facebook and Twitter sharing practical tips, video links and safety reminders throughout the summer.
Protect your family, your employees, and yourself by joining the movement to #BeatHeat #HeatSafety #USAGCenters #KeepFarmsSafe and share your own safety messages.
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