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Heat Illness Prevention Program Through the USPS

Even though we are in September, heat is still a problem for people working outside or in un-airconditioned factories/warehouses. The purpose of the Postal Service’s Heat Illness Prevention Program (“HIPP”), is to protect their employees against heat-related illnesses. This, however, can apply to anyone. The HIPP is triggered when any employee in a facility is exposed to a heat index temperature exceeding 80 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods of time, six hours, or more, over the course of a workday or shift.

Some symptoms of Heat Stroke are:

* Confusion

* Fainting

* Seizures

* Excessive sweating or red, hot, dry skin

* Very high body temperature

Some symptoms of Heat Exhaustion are:

* Cool moist skin

* Heavy sweating

* Headache

* Nausea or vomiting

* Dizziness

* Light-headedness

* Weakness

* Thirst

* Irritability

* Fast heartbeat

You could also experience heat cramps that produce muscle spasms and pain that are usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs.

If you experience any of these symptoms, move to a shady, cool area to sit or lie down, and notify your supervisor, if possible. If you feel that medical attention is necessary, however, do not hesitate to call 911 right away. Your health and safety are the first priority.

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