The summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors. However, prolonged exposure to the heat can cause serious injuries, especially if your job involves working outside. Here are some ways to avoid heat stress this summer.
- Stay hydrated. Stick to water, and avoid caffeinated or sugary drinks as those can cause dehydration.
- Wear loose, light colored clothing. Dark clothes attract heat, and non-breathable fabrics trap it.
- Take frequent breaks. Let your body cool down if you feel yourself getting overwhelmed.
- Seek assistance. If you start to feel unwell, tell a supervisor immediately.
- Train your employees on heat stress. Cover the risks, warning signs and emergency procedures.
- Gradually increase work in hot weather. Build up to the long, hot days.
- Work around the heat. Schedule more strenuous tasks for the coldest parts of the day and lengthy outdoor projects for the colder parts of the year
- Provide relief. Provide your employees with water and a cool place to take breaks. Encourage them to take breaks often, especially if they appear on the verge of a heat-related illness. Relieve them of that day’s work if necessary.
Make sure you do your part avoid heat stress at work. If left untreated, heat stress can cause vomiting, fainting, burn injuries, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, traumatic brain injuries, permanent disability or even death. If your employer failed to provide a safe working environment, contact us today to set up a free consultation. You may be entitled to seek justice for your injuries.
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