Today and tomorrow's forecast calls for daytime highs approaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit, with a heat index between 105-107 degrees, for all of eastern Virginia. These are potentially dangerous conditions. Please use caution if working outdoors, in areas without air conditioning or if conducting heavy work.
Peak temperatures and heat index readings will run from 1-5 p.m. today and into tomorrow. Stay indoors with air conditioning whenever feasible. If working outdoors or in areas not air conditioned: Plan adequate rest breaks, wear protective clothing and sun screen, and drink plenty of hydrating fluids.
If you engage in lunchtime sports activities (hockey, Frisbee, bicycling, etc.) consider adjusting your activity level and staying well hydrated.
If you feel ill or begin to experience heat stress symptoms, please contact Occupational Medicine promptly at ext. 7539.
Review heat related work requirements in the ES&H Manual chapter on Thermal Stress,web link;
For additional information, review this heat stress tip sheet from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, at:
The JLab weather page carries current local weather readings, at:
This message is being sent on behalf of the ESH&Q Division.
Submitted: Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 3:00pm