For most people, when they think of Western Washington, hot temperatures are not the first thing that come to mind. However; as we enter the summer months temperatures are on the rise and we all must consider what effect this has on our work environments. There are many things you can do to prepare yourself for higher temperatures.

No matter what type of activities you perform here at WWU it is important that you come to work well hydrated and continue drinking water through the entire day. You should also know the common signs and symptoms of heat related illness and be on the lookout for these in yourself and your coworkers.

Learn more about dealing with heat stress at the University in Chapter 22 of the University Safety Information Book.

For more information on preventing heat stress, as well as useful links and training tools, visit the OSHA heat stress site, here.

The United States Department of Labor has also created an app for your mobile device to aid in assessing heat related risk levels, you can download it here.

 

Page Updated 06.27.2016