Hot Tips on How to Handle Heat Stress


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Workers often show up to work already dehydrated and heat symptoms are typically blamed on other health problems such as diabetes or hypertension. This presentation from Magid provides tips to keeping your workers safe, hydrated and their muscles moving when the heat is on.

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Hot Tips on How to Handle Heat Stress

  1. 1. Presented by: How to Keep Working Muscles Working ® when the heat is on. Jeff Bazal National Accounts Mgr.
  2. 2. Getting a Handle on Heat Stress
  3. 3. Industrial Athletes….
  4. 4. • Workers often show up to work Already DEHYDRATED. • Alcohol, poor diet and morning coffee • Aging workforce. • Other health factors such as diabetes and hypertension. • Heat stress symptoms typically blamed on other factors. Contributing Circumstances to the Industrial Athleteto the Industrial Athlete
  5. 5. • In our society, heat related injuries are often ignored, but are considered a preventable injury. • Heat injuries many times will get attributed to other factors. Example: Worker who passes out & falls down could end up being reported as a slip-and-fall injury. • A heat stress prevention program can assist in preventing injuries. “Never Had a Heat Accident”
  6. 6. Importance of Electrolytes • Electrolytes are minerals (magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium) that maintain optimal nerve and muscle function. • Electrolytes are lost through perspiration and other types of dehydration. • Sqwincher is absorbed into the body significantly faster than water alone, allowing the body to replenish the electrolytes and minerals needed for rehydration.
  7. 7. • Workers are more apt to drink products that are palatable. (Don’t believe me? Ask your kids.) • Allows for the consumption of fluids needed to maintain proper levels of electrolytes and hydration. Importance of Electrolytes
  8. 8. Know the Hazard! Heat Stress
  9. 9. Do you and your employees conduct strenuous activity in environments of 90° Fahrenheit or above?
  10. 10. Heat Index
  11. 11. Apparent Temperature Dangers Posed by Heat StressDangers Posed by Heat Stress HEAT INDEX 130° OR HIGHER: Heat stroke or sun stroke imminent. HEAT INDEX 105° - 129°: Sun stroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion likely. Heat stroke possible with prolonged exposure and physical activity HEAT INDEX 90° - 100°: Sun stroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion are possible with prolonged exposure and physical activity.
  12. 12. • Do you and your employees take time to allow their bodies to adjust to high-heat, high- humidity environments before exertion begins?
  13. 13. • Work Intensity is Low • Duration is long (8-12 hrs. is typical) • Workers repeat day-in & day-out for year after year • Workers start jobs in various states of hydration; many times as much as 3% dehydrated Hydration in Industrial Settings
  14. 14. • Do you or your employees wear protective clothing while working in high heat environments?
  15. 15. • Don’t depend on thirst or sweat as an indicator of escalating body heat. Thirst is not always a dependable gauge and sweat may evaporate quickly, especially in dry-heat environments. Instead, be aware of the temperature and humidity, and drink fluids with electrolytes at regular intervals. Always remember . . .
  16. 16. • Do you and your employees know the symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke?
  17. 17. APPROPRIATE RESPONSE: Ointments for mild cases. DO NOT break blisters. If they do break, apply dry, sterile dressing. For severe cases, consult a physician.
  18. 18. APPROPRIATE RESPONSE: Apply firm pressure on cramping muscles, then gently massage to relieve muscle spasm. Give sips of Sqwincher every 15 minutes.
  19. 19. APPROPRIATE RESPONSE: Stop exertion. Move to a cooler place and drink plenty of fluids with electrolytes.
  20. 20. APPROPRIATE RESPONSE: Cese exertion and promptly cool body exterior. Initiate replacement of fluids – water first, tehn Sqwincher. If victim cannot retain fluids, transport them to a hospital immediately.
  21. 21. APPROPRIATE RESPONSE: Heat stroke is a severe medical problem. Move the victim to a cooler area and reduce body temperature with a cold bath or sponging. Use fans and air conditioners. Get victim to hospital immediately – DELAY CAN BE FATAL. DO NOT GIVE FLUIDS!
  22. 22. • Electrolytes are similar to antifreeze in an automobile
  23. 23. • Without Antifreeze or the Proper Mix of Antifreeze, the car quickly overheats during intense use.
  24. 24. • Without electrolytes, the body responds similarly. The harder it is worked, the quicker it overheats.
  25. 25. • SQWINCHER… • A Healthier Alternative!
  26. 26. The Sqwincher Difference • 50% less sodium, 30% more potassium A working-man’s electrolyte drink! • Sqwincher Lite – 0 Sugar, 0 Calories Take care of all your employees – 10% of every workforce is diabetic! • Packaging Solutions – help control cost, waste, consumption depending on your customers needs Mixing coolers isn’t always the best solution!
  27. 27. Liquid and Powder Concentrates Available in 1 gal, 2.5 gal, 5 gal, and 6 gal yield packages Available in a wide variety of flavors
  28. 28. Sugar Free Options • Sqwincher Lite – Available in 2.5 powder mix 64oz Liquid Concentrate Fast Packs Qwik Stiks • Zero Sugar, Zero Calories • Diabetic, sugar free needs
  29. 29. Single Serve Options • Sqwincher Single Serve Options • 20oz Qwik Stiks • Fast Packs • Sqweeze Pops
  30. 30. Thank You Please contact your Magid Glove Sales Rep for additional information on Sqwincher.