Summer is here, and it’s time to talk about heat safety!

Many people are exposed to heat on the job, whether outdoors or in hot indoor environments. Occupations involving high air temperatures or humidity, radiant heat sources and/or strenuous physical activities have a higher potential for heat-related illness and death. Electrical utilities, commercial kitchens, chemical plants and construction companies are just some examples of workplaces that are susceptible. During these warmer months, it’s important to protect yourself and your employees from the dangers of excessive heat.

Tips to remember when contending with the heat:

  • Check weather forecasts ahead of time to be better prepared.
  • Make sure you and your employees are drinking water often.
  • During break time, encourage workers to rest and cool down in the shade.
  • For new workers or workers who’ve been away for a week or more, gradually increase the workload and allow more frequent breaks.
  • Implement engineering controls, such as air conditioning and ventilation.

Train employees to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illness and how to respond. For more information, click here.

Find out more about occupational heat exposure by clicking here.

Source:
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/

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