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Heat & Cold
Stress Monitoring

Heat and Cold Stress
Working in extreme temperatures (hot or cold) can overwhelm the body’s temperature control system. When the body is unable to warm or cool itself, heat or cold related stress can result. Heat and cold stress can contribute to adverse health effects which range in severity from discomfort to death.

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) can provide monitoring and assist employees with the development of procedures to minimize the adverse effects of heat and cold stress in workplace. Additionally, EHS can provide training to employees exposed to extreme temperatures.
Stinging and Biting Insect Safety
Stinging or biting insects can be hazardous to Ohio State University employees who predominantly work outdoors. Some of these stinging or biting insects include bees, wasps, hornets, fire ants, and spiders. Some examples of outdoor workers at risk of exposure to insects include groundskeepers, agricultural workers, construction/maintenance workers, painters, roofers, and any other workers who spend time outside. The health effects of stinging or biting insects range from mild discomfort or pain to lethal reaction for individuals that are allergic to the insect’s venom. Anaphylactic shock is the body’s severe allergic reaction to a bite or sting and requires immediate emergency care. Thousands of people are injured by insects every year, and as many as 100 people in the United States alone die as a result of allergic reactions.