Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
Volume 5, No 8, August 2013
Heat Stress Disorders
With summer temperatures pushing up into the thirties, the risk of heat-related illnesses increases significantly. Heat stress disorder is a group of conditions resulting from overexposure and/or overexertion in high temperatures. Heat stress can result in heat rash, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or the most serious heat illness, heat stroke.
Everybody is at risk of heat stress disorders, but people with greater risk include older workers, overweight individuals, people with heart disease or high blood pressure, or people taking medications affected by extreme heat.
Prevention of heat stress disorders is imperative. Employers should train employees about the effects of heat stress on the body, how heat stress can impair a person’s health or safety, and how heat stress disorders can be prevented.
Heat Stroke occurs when the body’s temperature rises rapidly, and the body’s internal cooling system stops working. If emergency medical treatment is not administered promptly, heat stroke can cause death or serious injury.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke
- Hot, dry skin, or profuse sweating
- Throbbing headache
- High body temperature
- Confusion or dizziness
- Slurred speech
Treatment of Heat Stroke
- Call 9-1-1
- Move individual to a cool place
- Cool the person by soaking or spraying with water
- Symptoms of All Heat Related Illnesses
- Pale or flushed complexion
- Muscle cramps
- Elevated body temperature
- Clammy or moist skin
- Extreme weakness or fatigue
- Heavy sweating
Treatment of Heat Related Illnesses
- Stop all activity, stay in a cool place for several hours
- Drink water, clear juice, or a sports beverage
- Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath
- Seek medical attention if the individual has heart disease, is on a low-sodium diet, or if cramps continue for more than one hour
Heat can also increase the risk of injuries among workers. Fogged safety glasses, sweaty palms, and dizziness are just a few conditions that increase the risk of injury. Workers should be instructed to keep hands dry and eyewear clean and clear, and to stop work and seek a cool place if they become dizzy.
The City of Surrey, B.C. has asked CARI to circulate the following request for expressions of interest for the purchase of copper street light wire assets: http://www.surrey.ca/business-economic-development/13663.aspx. Submissions should be made directly to the City of Surrey.
CARI’s National Golf Tournament
August 22, 2013
at Glen Abbey Golf Course
in Oakville, ON
CARI’s 16th Annual Consumers’ Night
October 28, 2013
at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
For information on CARI events contact Donna Turner
at (905) 426-9313
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
August 27–28 Louisville, KY
2013 Resource Recycling Conference
Resource Recycling Inc.
September 11–12 Orlando, FL
2013 E-Scrap Recycling Conference
Resource Recycling Inc.
October 2–4 Calgary, AB
2013 Waste Reduction Conference
Recycling Council of Alberta
October 27–29 Warsaw, Poland
2013 World Recycling Convention and Exhibition
November 13–15 ; Singapore
Electronics Recycling Asia 2013
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