Heat Stress

Summer weather can place landscape and agricultural employees in dangerously hot environments. Combining physically demanding work and long days with hot temperatures puts workers at risk for several types of heat stress

  • Heat Stroke
  • Heat Exhaustion
  • Heat Syncope
  • Heat Cramps
  • Heat Rash

The Hidden Danger of Heat Stress

Heat stress does not solely impact the ill employee – it puts other people and property at risk of injury and damage. Consider the following symptoms:

  • Sweaty hands
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Loss of dexterity
  • Decreased reaction time
  • Lapses in judgment
  • Irritability

Now imagine a heat stressed employee suffering from one or more of these conditions but still trying to operate a vehicle, piece of equipment or hand tool. The hazard of heat stress goes beyond