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Anonymous
May 29, 2014
Heat Stress

While there are several systems to keep drivers cool, course workers are often subjected to work stations that offer little shade. There are several companies offering clothing that specially constructed to enhance evaporative cooling or chemically treated to help lower body temperatures. OSHA offers a free phone App that gives you the temperature, humidity and stress risk at your GPS location. It also offers suggested precautions to be taken. Look for the OSHA Heat stress tool

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racerb
June 30, 2014

Thanks for the tip....it was hot and humid and Mid-Ohio last weekend and tough to keep cool            

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EddieTheHead
July 10, 2014

That's part of the solution. The other part is pre-hydration. Having lived in the south for 15 years I can tell you it gets bloody hot. The ONLY way to handle the heat well and properly is hydrating the week prior. Luckily I am active enough with my bike riding this time of year that the circulation of water is not a big deal for me. Mix in water, gatorade and juices for additional hydration and nutrients. Lessen the caffeine (Im a big time coffee drinker so I understand this battle all too well), lessen the cigarettes and be more active/in better shape. Being more active and in better shape are long term solutions while short term is extra hydration, put them together and you'll feel better throughout a weekend.

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October 16, 2015

One thing i carry with me when working as a flag marshal is a small towel. Since I work as a corner marshal in Florida the towel comes in handy. I will soak the towel in cold water and put it under my hat and since I always wear a headset the towel stays in place. Great way to keep your head cool and stay attentive during a hot track session.

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