Cintas Names Top Eight Tips for Beating the Heat
Cintas offers guidelines to help workers deal with extreme temperatures
CINCINNATI -- April 16, 2013
Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS), a leader in first-aid and safety personal
protective products (PPE), today released top tips for limiting heat stress in
the workplace. When the body is unable to cool itself by sweating, heat stress
can occur. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA), five to 10 million workers are exposed to heat-related illnesses each
“Heat-related illnesses can jeopardize a worker’s safety, business
productivity and even lead to an OSHA recordable injury,” said John Amann,
Vice President, First Aid & Safety, Cintas. “However, providing workers simple
tips for dealing with high temperatures can help reduce the occurrence of heat
The top tips for beating heat stress are:
1. Understand heat stress: There are three main types of heat stress: heat
cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat cramps are painful spasms. Heat
exhaustion is a state of weakness, fatigue and dizziness. Heat stroke, the
most severe, is a condition resulting in highly elevated body temperature. All
are intensified by high temperature and humidity, direct sun or heat, limited
air movement, physical exertion, poor physical health and more.
2. Dress properly: Wearing a hat outdoors and lightweight, light-colored and
loose clothing is important when temperatures are high. Look for personal
protective equipment (PPE) that has moisture wicking properties and does not
cling or feel heavy.
3. Drink fluids frequently: Feeling thirsty is a sign of dehydration so you
should continually drink fluids to avoid this condition. One quart of cool
water per hour and no more than three gallons per day is recommended for
workers dealing with extreme heat. Beverages with electrolytes are another
great option for replenishing the body with minerals. Avoid sodas, energy
drinks and alcohol.
4. Remember to rest: It is especially important to take additional breaks when
temperatures are high. Rest in a cool, shaded area and focus on drinking more
liquids during your break.
5. Eat right: Limiting the intake of large, hot meals will keep you feeling
your best in the heat. However, try not to skip meals, since the main way the
body recovers electrolytes lost through perspiration is from food.
6. Assess your environment: Evaluating your work environment can help you
recognize potential problems and correct them. Take note of the weather in
which you work, the amount of physical labor you engage in, the length of your
work day, the clothing you are wearing and any medical conditions that can be
aggravated by heat.
7. Watch for signs of heat stress: Act as a buddy to coworkers by encouraging
proper hot weather prevention techniques and watching for signs of heat
stress. Heat cramps result in abnormal body posture and cause a person to
grasp the affected area. Heat exhaustion causes extreme sweating, paleness in
the face, unsteady walking and moist skin. Heat stroke is noted by mental
confusion, convulsions, fainting and dry skin.
8. Know emergency response: When heat stress occurs, first determine its
extent by asking the person their name, the date and where they are. If they
are unsure, they are likely in heat stroke and you should call 911
immediately. Then, move the worker to a cooler area, loosen heavy clothing,
provide drinking water and fan or mist them with water. If the individual is
not disoriented, they are likely suffering from heat exhaustion and the same
steps should be repeated.
“Although some of these guidelines seem simple enough, heat stress is still an
ongoing problem for workers,” Amann added. “By learning more about heat
stress, its causes and prevention methods, workers can avoid heat-related
emergencies as well as help others around them.”
Cintas offers a complete suite of products to combat heat stress in addition
to training courses in instructor-led, online and DVD formats. For more
information on first-aid and safety solutions from Cintas, please visit
About Cintas Corporation:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized
services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas
designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and
provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet
cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products
and services and document management services for more than 1 million
businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global
Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard &
Poor’s 500 Index.
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