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CT DPH Press Release: July Summer Heat

Posted on July 02, 2018

DPH REMINDS WORKERS TO TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS DURING JULY SUMMER HEAT EVENT

HARTFORD, CT – With temperatures anticipated to peak well into the 90s during the next several days, Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino is reminding individuals working outside or in non-air conditioned spaces to be cautious during periods of intense heat during the day. Each year, over 50% of all heat-related emergency department visits occur in the month of July.

“Outdoor workers need to take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses, with very warm temperatures expected the rest of this week.” said Commissioner Pino. “The combination of a high heat index and poor air quality create a serious risk to workers outdoors and also indoors when air conditioning is not available.”

Workers should stay hydrated, take frequent breaks in cooler air-conditioned/shaded areas, and limit the time spent in direct sun. In addition, employers are urged to move more physical tasks to the morning or evening, when the sun is less intense, temperatures are cooler, and air quality is better. If a worker experiences heat stress, call for medical assistance immediately.

Although anyone can be affected by heat-stress, some workers are at a particularly high risk, such as:

  • Older workers (over 65 years of age) who may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature
  • Workers performing frequent high-exertion tasks (lifting, digging, walking) who may become dehydrated quickly and experience more intense heat stress
  • Workers who have underlying health conditions, especially heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, or who take certain medications that put them at risk
    According to Commissioner Pino, if a worker feels ill working in the heat, they should notify a coworker and take immediate steps to:

Stay Cool

  • Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.
    Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If you must work outdoors, try to limit your outdoor activity to the mornings and evenings.
    Avoid working in direct sunlight and wear lightweight, light-colored, and moisture-wicking clothing.
    Check on all workers, especially those workers most at risk often!

Stay Hydrated
Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.

  • Drink more water than usual; do not wait until you are thirsty to drink more liquids.
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.
  • Drink about four cups of water every hour while working outside.
  • Remind other workers to drink enough water.

For more information about steps that employers and workers can take to reduce the risk of heat-related illness, contact the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Unit at (860) 509-7740 or email us at dph.occhealth@ct.gov.

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For more information on Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness, visit the CDC webpage https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html

National Healthy Homes Month

Posted on June 26, 2018

Release Date: June 26, 2018
Contact: Carol Slajda
Phone: 203-881-3255

PRESS RELEASE
JUNE IS NATIONAL HEALTHY HOMES MONTH

National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM), created by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH), was established to focus national attention on ways to keep people of all ages safe and healthy in their home. It is aimed at boosting awareness and understanding of what federal and local resources are available to make homes healthier. This year’s overarching theme “Check Your Home; Protect Your Family”, was chosen to create awareness of what it means to have a healthy home by educating families on the importance of assessing ones home for potential health hazards; and to empower people to make change in order to create the healthiest home possible for their family.

Currently, millions of U.S. homes have moderate to severe physical problems, including dilapidated structure; roofing problems; heating, plumbing, and electrical deficiencies; water leaks and intrusion; pests; damaged paint; and high levels of radon gas. These conditions are associated with a wide range of health issues, including unintentional injuries, respiratory illnesses (asthma and radon-induced lung cancer), and lead poisoning. The health and economic burdens from preventable hazards associated within homes are considerable, and cost billions of dollars annually.

The Naugatuck Valley Health District (NVHD) currently has a HUD supported project called Naugatuck Valley Emends Lead Hazards (NauVEL) to help homeowners and property owners remove lead paint and other risks from homes and properties. If your house was built before 1978, you may qualify for:

  • Free inspections
  • Plans for lead and home safety hazard removal
  • Generous financial assistance to remediate hazards

For more information on the NauVEL Program and/or to find out if you qualify, apply online at www.nvhd.org/nauvel.
Additional information on making your home a Healthy Home is available at https://www.hud.gov/healthyhomes.

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June 2018 Newsletter

Posted on June 12, 2018

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Nail Technican Training Program

Posted on June 12, 2018

June is National Healthy Homes Month!

Posted on June 05, 2018

June is National Healthy Homes Month!

If your house was built before 1978, your children and/or tenants may be at risk for lead poisoning

Elevated levels of lead in the blood can cause serious problems in children:

  • Learning disabilities – Attention deficit disorder
  • Hearing damage, speech, language, and behavior problems
  • Poor muscle growth & coordination
  • Other physical & psychological problems

Lead Poisoning is 100% Preventable!!

Reduce your risk:

  • Have your child tested for an elevated blood lead level with a simple blood test. Children ages 9 months to 3 years should be tested once a year
  • Have your pre-1978 home or rental property tested for the presence of lead-paint hazards
  • Learn and always apply lead-safe work practices when repairing, renovating and cleaning your property
  • Remember lead hazard reduction should only be performed by licensed contractors

Naugatuck Valley Health District’s NauVEL Program can help!

$$ Grants available to remove lead hazards from your home $$

Apply NOW to receive:

  • Inspections and plans for lead and home safety hazard removal
  • Financial assistance to remediate hazards

NauVEL = Naugatuck Valley Emends Lead Hazards

Naugatuck Valley Health District, Attn: NauVEL
98 Bank Street, Seymour CT 06483
Tel: 203•881•3255
www.nvhd.org/nauvel

Carol Slajda, Program Manager
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