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Heat stress in construction: hazard alert.

The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
Silver Spring, MD: The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 2005 Dec; :1-2
Heat is a serious hazard in construction. Your body builds up heat when you work and sweats to get rid of extra heat. But sometimes your body may not cool off fast enough. This can happen, say, if you are up on a roof pouring hot asphalt or you are lifting heavy loads. Too much heat can make you tired, hurt your job performance, and increase your chance of injury. You can get skin rash. You can also get: Dehydration - when your body loses water, you can't cool off fast enough - you feel thirsty and weak; Cramps - you can get muscle cramps from the heat even after you leave work; Heat exhaustion - you feel tired, nauseous, headachy, and giddy (dizzy and silly) - your skin is damp and looks muddy or flushed - you may faint; Heat stroke - you may have hot dry skin and a high temperature - or you may feel confused - you may have convulsions or become unconscious; Heat stroke can kill you unless you get emergency medical help.
Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-materials; Construction-workers; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Work-environment; Work-practices; Worker-health; Hazards; Health-hazards; Hot-environments; Heat-stress; Heat-stroke; Heat-tolerance; Climatic-conditions; Climatic-effects; Climatic-factors; Body-fluid-balance; Body-fluids; Body-temperature
Building and Construction Trades Dept., AFL-CIO: CPWR, Suite 1000, 8484 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Cooperative Agreement; Construction
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Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-317202; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U54-OH-008307
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Heat Stress in Construction: Hazard Alert
Performing Organization
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division