Heat stress is not the same as extreme dehydration. It develops when the body is put under pressures to the point it can no longer regulate its own heat. Many positions, both indoors and outdoors, are predisposed to heat stress because of environmental factors within the workplace. If symptoms of heat stress are ignored, it can lead to heat exhaustion or the possibly fatal condition of heat stroke. Heat exhaustion symptoms do not always show up before heat stroke. Both heat-related illnesses can be avoided by taking preventative measures and being aware of the warning signs.
On July 8, 2021, Oregon OSHA adopted rule 437-002-0155 to address heat related illness.
- Haily Griffith, Occupational Health and Safety Manager (P) 541-346-2962
- Ferenc Tiszavari, Occupational Safety Officer (P) 541-346-2939
- Michelle Gillette, Ergonomic & Safety Coordinator (P) 541-346-8084