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Preparing for Summer's Heat

Posted On: June 6, 2018 by VGM Insurance in: Employee Health and Safety, Employment Practices Liability, Fitness and Wellness, Heat Safety, Home Health, Home Medical Equipment, Risk Mitigation

In some parts of the country, it already feels like summer. For the rest, the heat will soon be turning up. As much as most people enjoy the warmth of the summer sun, extreme heat accompanied by high humidity can be dangerous, even deadly. Each year, the summer heat kills nearly 175 Americans and sickens thousands more. It’s important to remember that heat safety is not just something to be aware of while enjoying leisure activities on the weekends – it’s also a major risk exposure for your business on any given work day. Health care providers whose duties call for them to work in overheated environments often find their own health – and the health of those they serve – in jeopardy during summer months. A home health aide, for example, can quickly succumb to the heat while performing strenuous activities such as lifting heavy objects in a patient’s home that’s not properly cooled. An employee who suffers from a heat-related illness while on

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