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Beat the Heat!

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Author: Marketing
Date: February 3, 2024

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Steamy. Searing. Sweltering. Hot. Humid. These may be some of the words you have used to describe this past week! All in all, it is summer! This heat is blanketing the country and at ACT we are feeling it at all levels with offices from Portland, Oregon to Juarez, Mexico!

There are many terms you hear from the National Weather Service such as heat advisory, heat index, excessive heat, heat wave, heat watch and heat warning! There are so many terms which all describe this heat we are feeling! From a worker safety standpoint, you hear terminology such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heat cramps, heat collapse, heat rashes and heat fatigue. The two most confused (and most dangerous) are heat stroke and heat exhaustion, so I thought I would break it down for all of us.

Heat stroke occurs when the body’s system of temperature regulation fails and body temperature rises to critical levels. This condition is caused by a combination of highly variable factors, and its occurrence is difficult to predict. Heat stroke is a medical emergency. The primary signs and symptoms of heat stroke are:

  • confusion;
  • irrational behavior;
  • loss of consciousness;
  • convulsions;
  • a lack of sweating (usually);
  • hot, dry skin; and
  • an abnormally high body temperature

If body temperature is too high, it causes death. The elevated metabolic temperatures caused by a combination of work load and environmental heat load, both of which contribute to heat stroke, are also highly variable and difficult to predict.

The signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion are headache, nausea, vertigo, weakness, thirst and giddiness. Fortunately, this condition responds readily to prompt treatment. Heat exhaustion should not be dismissed or treated lightly, however, for several reasons. One is that the fainting associated with heat exhaustion can be dangerous because the victim may be operating machinery or controlling an operation that should not be left unattended; moreover, the victim may be injured when he or she faints. Also, the signs and symptoms seen in heat exhaustion are similar to those of heat stroke, a medical emergency.

So, while the skies may be clear, the temperatures may not be forgiving. Here are a few tips to help you beat the heat:

  • Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty
  • Rest in the shade to cool down
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing
  • Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency
  • Keep an eye on fellow workers
  • "Easy does it" on your first days of work in the heat – you need to get used to it

These are the dog days of summer! Be sure to check in with co-workers and stay cool.

- Krista Wood Harsono, Director of Compliance

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California
San Jose (Corporate Offices and Working
Facility)
967 Mabury Road
San Jose, CA 95133
Phone: (408) 548-5050
24.7 ER: (866) 348-2800
Fax: (408) 548-5052
Dixon
6940 Tremont Road
Dixon, CA 95620
Phone: (800) 559-3274
Los angeles
12235 Los Nietos Road
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: (714) 545-2191
SUNNYVALE
1210 Elko Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Phone: (408) 548-5050
Fax: (408) 548-5052
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Escondido, CA 92029
Phone: (858) 925-2500
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4 Wayne Court, Building 9
Sacramento, CA 95829
Phone: (916) 299-4228
inland empire
600 Iowa Street
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: (909) 406-4400
merced
265 Riggs Avenue
Merced, CA 95341
Phone: (209) 722-4228
Fax: (209) 722-8228
Oregon
portland
13600 SE Ambler Road
Clackamas, OR 97015
Phone: (971) 279-6780
New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE
208 Murray Road SE
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Phone: (505) 445-9400
Fax: (505) 445-9401
ACTreatment (TSDF)
6137 Edith Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 349-5220
Fax: (505) 344-7986
El Paso
511 Highway 213
Chaparral, NM 88081
Phone: (575) 824-0164
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Phoenix
6212 S 75th Avenue #4
Laveen Village, AZ 85339
Phone: (602) 842-9160
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5568 N Camino De La Tierra
Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 471-4672
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dallas
4730 Bronze Way
Dallas, Texas 75236
Phone: (469) 518-6400
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1700 North E Street
La Porte, TX 77571
Phone: (713) 568-2500
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denver
4295 Kearney Street
Denver, CO 80216
Phone: (720) 386-2900
Pennsylvania
Fort Washington
500 Office Center Drive
Suite 400
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Phone: (626) 224-1666
Washington
spokane
1809 E. Houston Ave
Spokane, WA 99217
Phone: (509) 503-1300
Fax: (509) 503-1301
seattle
2923 S J Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
Phone: (253) 357-5200
Fax: (253) 357-5201
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