Summer is upon us and temperatures are soaring. We all love the warm weather. However, keeping yourself and your crew safe can get tricky, now that the weather conditions are swinging toward the extreme. With temperatures in the mid-to-upper-90s in most states (even here in the Inter-mountain West), it's important to know how to prevent heat illness.
Keeping Summer Safe
Provide fresh water
Each employee should have access to at least on quart of water per hour (that's four 8-ounce glasses). Keep bottled water or a cooler full of water around the work site for easy access.
Provide access to shade
Encourage outdoor employees to take a rest and cool down in the shade for at least five minutes. Do not wait until someone feels sick. Make cool-down breaks a regular part of the day.
Observe all employees closely during a heat wave, especially newly-assigned employees. Lighter work, frequent breaks, or shorter hours are all great ways to help newer employees adapt to the high-heat conditions.
Develop and implement procedures
Have written procedures for compliance to OSHA standards. This should include the following:
- A plan for how to handle medical emergencies
- Steps to take if someone shows signs or symptoms of heat illness
- A plan for emergencies
- Training for workers on prevention
Know the symptoms:
- Sweaty Skin
- Nausea, vomiting
- Fast heartbeat
- Red, hot, dry skin
- High temperature
Summer can be filled with fun with the family, and productivity for your crew. Make sure each team member returns home just as they came to work.
For more information on OSHA's campaign to keep workers safe in the heat, visit their website: OSHA
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