It’s Hot and It’s Dangerous! A Webinar for Community Health Workers to Learn about Heat Related-Illness and How to Help Prevent It.
Resource Topic: Special and Vulnerable Populations
Keywords: Occupational Health and Safety.
Year Developed: 2019
Resource Type: Archived Webinar
Primary Audience: Enabling Staff
Secondary Audience: Outreach Staff
Migrant Clinicians Network
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Resource Summary: This workshop will help community health workers recognize and prevent heat-related illness among at-risk workers. Case studies will show how to recognize the symptoms and health effects of heat-related illness. Participants in this workshop will receive resources for preventing heat-related illness.
Resource Details: Last year, in the sweltering heat of Georgia in late June, 24-year-old Mexico native Miguel Angel Guzman Chavez collapsed while picking tomatoes in a field. At the time that he fell ill, the temperature in fields was 95 degrees with a heat index of 104 degrees. After being in the United States for just one week, the young man suffered extreme heat exhaustion, which later escalated into heat stroke, cardiac arrest, and death. Every year, close to 30 workers die from heat-related illnesses in the United States. Outdoor work in industries such as agriculture and construction poses serious dangers for workers, but heat-related illnesses can be prevented. This webinar will include the following:
Signs and symptoms of heat stroke or heat stress
Steps to take to prevent heat-related illness
Resources available to workers
Rights and responsibilities of workers in relation to heat stress