Heat Illness Prevention
Heat illness is a serious medical condition when heat exposure exceeds the physiological capacity of the body to cool itself, resulting in an increase in the core body temperature. This would result in a range of heat-related symptoms, from treatable heat cramps to heat stroke. Heat stroke can be fatal, especially if medical treatment is delayed.
Learn how to control the risk of heat-induced illness, train workers to protect themselves, recognize symptoms, and respond should a heat illness emergency occur.
UC Merced has developed a heat illness prevention program to plan for, prevent and respond to heat-related illness situations.
If you supervise employees who work outside in heat, you should know how to respond should a heat illness emergency occur.
Select a topic for more information:
• Emergency response
• Identifying Heat Illness: Symptoms and First Aid
• Reduce the risk
• Regulations and policies
• Risk factors
• Safety training information
• Supervisor’s responsibilities