In the mostly un-air-conditioned Pacific Northwest, summer temperature spikes can be uncomfortable. But for outdoor workers and other vulnerable groups, they can be deadly.
Research led by the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) has found that on hotter days:
- People of working age (ages 15 to 64 years) are at increased risk for heat illness and dehydration.
- The risk of hospitalization and death increases for vulnerable populations, including the elderly and diabetes patients.
- Farmworkers have a 21 percent higher chance of traumatic injury at temperatures between 86°F and 91°F compared to when the temperature is less than 77°F.
Watch our new video featuring 10 tips for workers and employers to keep outdoor work safe in the summer and learn more here.