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Heat illness

Be vigilant in assessing heat-related risks to employees

by Harry Dietz
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Roofing workers may be exposed to a number of significant hazards, including falls, burns, cuts, and exposures to chemicals or other hazardous substances. One area of concern that may require safety and health professionals' attention, particularly during summer months, is illness related to exposures to the sun and heat.

Keep in mind: Symptoms related to heat illness often are subtle, and dangers from exposure quickly can progress from minor to life-threatening.

Manifestations

There are three commonly recognized manifestations of heat illness: heat cramps, heat...



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