• Schedule maintenance and repair jobs in hot areas in cooler months.

• Schedule hot jobs for the cooler part of the day.

• Acclimatize workers by exposing them for progressively longer periods to hot work environments.

• Reduce the physical demands of workers.

• Use relief workers or assign extra workers for physically demanding jobs.

• Provide cool water or liquids to workers but avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar.

• Provide rest periods with water breaks.

• Provide cool areas for use during break periods.

• Monitor workers who are at risk of heat stress.

• Provide heat stress training that includes information about worker risk, prevention and symptoms.

For more information, check http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/.

Something else I’ve noticed over the years since I collapsed during the Atlanta race: It takes a lot less heat to cause symptoms than it did before I suffered from heat stress. During a hot Texas summer I rarely can spend more than 20 minutes at a time doing strenuous work outside before I begin to feel flushed, thirsty and a bit uneasy. I’ve learned not to push past that level but to take a break in a cool spot, drink water and wait 30 minutes or more before resuming the task.

Or, even better, I try to avoid all hot, strenuous work.