Human safety during heat stress

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Pen riders spent a lot of time under the sun -- make sure heat stress measures for employees are also part of summer safety plans. Dee Griffin, DVM, MS, University of Nebraska, reminds those in the livestock industry to be aware of human safety during times of heat stress in addition to animal safety.

Maintaining feedlot personnel health during a heat crisis is critical. Without optimum output from personnel, heat stress management for livestock can’t be accomplished. These recommendations are for personnel doing reasonably strenuous outdoor work when temperatures are in the critical range.

  • Minimize strenuous work during hotter times of the day or at least alternate between hard and light work. If personnel must do hard work, take a break each hour by spending 10-20 minutes of each hour doing less strenuous work, preferably in the shade.
  • Force water consumption. Drink one to two quarts of water per hour. A buddy system should be used to make sure adequate water is consumed, workload alternates between strenuous work with periods of light work, and early signs of heat exhaustion are detected. Signs of heat exhaustion include mood changes, emotional responses, and confusion.
  • If a person gets overheated, he or she should not return to strenuous work that day. Inside work or taking the rest of the day off is advisable. Failure to do this may result in the person developing heat stroke.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have materials available about heat stress and heat stress avoidance. Click here for more information.



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averil25    
United States  |  June, 23, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Too much heat and stress in our body is not good. By being aware what’s best for our body and having a proper stress management we can maintain our body to be come physically fit and healthy. Stress management is important in reducing health-related problems and also provides basic coping techniques. In energy medicine, we can simply relieve the stress, anxiety, emotional and physical stress, and can improve the physical and mental functioning. I used a Yuen method, a specialized qigong to rapidly eliminate the mental and emotional stress. By eliminating the pain caused by emotional and physical issue, we can then improve the immune system and overall health. This can be possible by giving a simple command to our energy systems to eliminate the energy blockage. If we do not clear them, physical pain will recur over and over again. Here are some video resources with learning tips that demonstrate the benefits of energy medicine, http://www.chineseenergetics.com/Energy-Medicine/


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