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Just Catamarans Presents: Toolbox Talk 

Heat-related illness (HRI) and cold-induced illnesses (Hypothermia/frostbite) are well known, recognized workplace hazards. Just Catamarans has developed a policy to address these issues.

Monitor weather conditions and adjust to conditions accordingly.  Improper exposure can result to the following:

Heat Stroke: Caused when the body stops sweating can no longer rid itself of excess heat.

Heatstroke is a medical emergency that may result in death! Call 911 immediately.

Signs include:

  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizure

Heat Exhaustion: Caused when the body losses water and salt from heavy sweating.

Signs include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Thirst
  • Heavy sweating

Heat Cramps: are caused by the loss of body salts and fluid during sweating. Low salt levels in muscles cause painful cramps. Cramps may occur during or after working hours.

Heat Rash: Skin irritation caused by sweat that does not evaporate from the skin.

Hypothermia: When body heat is lost faster than it can be replaced, and the normal body temperature drops to less than 95°F.

Signs include:

• Disorientation

• Dilated Pupils

• Slowed Pulse and Breathing

• Loss of Coordination

• Loss of Consciousness

• Unable to walk or stand

Frostbite: Caused by freezing of the skin and underlying tissues. Typically affects the extremities, particularly the feet and hands where amputation may be required.

Ways to Prevent these conditions include:

  • Acclimate to exposed conditions
  • Wear attire appropriate for weather conditions
  • Stay hydrated
  • Stay in good health
  • Monitor symptoms that may lead to an illness within yourself and within others

Contact the Just Catamarans Service team to help with all your Catamaran needs.

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