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Heat Exhaustion Helmets and other Falling Objects

Hard Hats or Helmets

A Hard Hat or Helmet is a device which protects your head and face. The hard hat does a good job of keeping falling objects from striking your head and causing injuries. The hard hat is supposed to be worn with the bill of the hat to the front. The reason there is a bill on the front, is this is what protects the face. Always wear your hard hat with the bill to the front so it protects your face.

 Housekeeping Can Prevent Falling Objects

  • It is mandatory to maintain a high level of housekeeping at all work locations.
  • Keep all walkways, decks, scaffolds, and next to open holes clear of material that can be kicked off or knocked off the platform.
  • The workplace must be free from tripping hazards.
  • Access and egress from the work environment must be free from material and equipment.
  • Access to emergency equipment must be free of obstruction.
  • Waste materials are to be disposed of appropriately and immediately. Provide segregation for materials.

Tools and Equipment

  • Make sure that all tools and equipment are tied off and secure when working at heights.
  • Always make sure that you barricade the area below you when working with hand tools at heights.
  • Never lay hand tools on beams or scaffolding without securing first.
  • When using Drilling Machines or bigger tools always try to secure to a fixed object rather than yourself it may cause you to fall.

Falling Objects

  • What out for that loose material that is next to you while you are working.
  • Loose material accumulates on the following areas
  • On Gratings
  • On Scaffold Decks
  • Close to Holes or Edges

Heat Stress Disorders

  • Long term excess of salt can cause strokes
  • Salt replacement can be achieved through a normal healthy diet
  • Salt tablets are no longer recommended
  • Sports drinks such as Gatorade have lower electrolyte levels and are safer.

Systemic

  • Heat Stroke
  • Heat Exhaustion
  • Heat Cramps
  • Water Deficiency
  • Sweating Deficiency

Heat Exhaustion Description

  • Heat exhaustion is a circulatory deficiency less severe than heat stroke.
  • The body still has fluid available for cooling.
  • If left untreated casualty may develop heat stroke.

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms

  • Clammy (damp) skin
  • Weak pulse
  • Faintness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Facial pallor
  • Stumbling
  • General tiredness

Heat Exhaustion Treatment

  • Remove casualty from heat source
  • Seated position, legs raised
  • Slowly drink one litre of water
  • Rest
  • Consult medical and safety before return to work

Dehydration Description

Water is being lost from the body thru sweating, respiration and urine production faster than replacement fluids are being consumed.

Dehydration Symptoms

  • Increase in pulse rate
  • Increased in body temperature
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Loss of work efficiency

Dehydration Treatment

  • Remove casualty from heat source
  • Slowly drink one litre of water
  • Rest
  • Return to work

About Engr. Kh. Mashiur Rahman

He is Garment Automation Technologist and Editor in Chief of Autogarment. He is certified Echotech Garment CAD Professional-China, Aptech-India, NCC-UK and B.Sc. in CIS- London Metropolitan University, M.Sc. in ICT-UITS. He is working as a Successful Digital Marketer and Search Engine Specialist in RMG sector during 2005 to till now. Contact him- apparelsoftware@gmail.com

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