Lesson Learned/Best Practice Briefing


TitleClothing Selection Impacts Risk of Heat Illness

EventOther Facility Event

Event Date05/22/2019

CategoryOCA - DOE Operating Experience Summary, Heat Stress

The attached Department of Energy (DOE) Operating Experience Awareness document provides an overview on heat stress and the importance of clothing selection. The document also provides a link to the Operating Experience Summary from 2017 for more information on heat-related illnesses.

Heat-related illnesses generally occur when high ambient temperatures, either indoor or outdoor, overcome the body's natural ability to dissipate heat. While some heat illnesses are mild, such as heat rashes or muscle cramps, many heat illnesses are serious and even life threatening, including heat exhaustion (possibly with fainting) and heat stroke.

It is important that workers be educated on the risks of heat exposure, preventive measures to mitigate the risk, and signs, symptoms, and treatment for heat illnesses. Please share this Summary within your communities of practice to foster continuous improvement in safety.

Actions to Prevent Recurrence

Lessons Learned are part of the ISM Core Function 5, Feedback and Improvement. Applicable Lessons Learned are to be considered during working planning activities and incorporated in work processes, prior to performing work.
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Uploaded documents/attachments:
OPEX Awareness Heat Stress 2019-May.pdf

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