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Heat Illness Awareness and Prevention, No Matter the Situation

5/11/17 8:00 AM Posted by Phil Aldridge, eCommerce Manager

In the midst of July 1999, during one of the hottest months of the year, a worker at a New Jersey paper manufacturing mill was in the middle of his night shift. His "day" kicked off with a hectic start, jumping to action to help fix a paper break in one of the mill's paperboard machines. After the repair was complete, his coworkers reported seeing him looking pale and exhausted. Less than an hour later, the worker fell into a paper pulp chest and died from multiple impact and thermal injuries (NIOSH 2014).

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Escaping Heat Stress with Work/Rest Cycles

5/4/17 9:34 AM Posted by Phil Aldridge, eCommerce Manager

Sometimes after a particularly grueling week at work, I like to treat myself to a nice meal at my favorite sushi spot and then unwind on my patio with a hot cup of green tea and the latest revision of the Deepwater Horizon Heat Stress Management Plan. In all seriousness, the Deepwater Horizon oil platform hasn’t enjoyed a great reputation lately after a high-profile oil spill and a Mark Wahlberg film depicting the event. However, while researching heat stress policies, I came across a heat stress prevention plan for workers responding to that spill and discovered some interesting techniques in place. These techniques seem perfect for other industries, like construction or pulp and paper mills, in which workers perform intense labor in hot and grueling conditions.

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