7 Safety Tips for Working in the Heat

Posted on 10 July 2019 by CRadmin2

Western Specialty Contractors has been in business for more than 100 years as one of the largest, family-owned contractor specialists in the country. Recently, the company has advised other contractors on how to beat working in extreme heat by offering the following seven tips.

“It is important, particularly during the summer months, that outdoor workers drink plenty of fluids to help prevent dehydration, which is the primary cause of heat cramps and heat exhaustion,” said Cameron Samuel, Assistant Safety Director at Western Specialty Contractors.

Through employee training, it is possible to take precautions and reduce instances of heat exhaustion or worse, and these seven tips are surely a good start.

  1. Drink enough water to quench your thirst. Always drink plenty of water or non-caffeinated electrolyte beverages, such as Gatorade. Keep beverages cool rather than at room temperature.
  2. Wear clothing that is light, loose and breathable. Such clothing should be made of natural materials, such as cotton, because synthetic materials often do not allow for air to pass through. In addition to clothing, consider wearing safety glasses with UV protection, sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat whenever possible.
  3. Schedule hard work for the coolest time of the day. Sudden exposure to a hot environment can be detrimental in itself, but especially so when the work is strenuous. New workers and those who are restarting after some time away should take time to acclimate to the heat and drink extra fluids.
  4. Take breaks in extreme heat. Don’t take breaks in direct sunlight. Move to a shaded area or an air-conditioned room. In addition, use cooling fans whenever possible.
  5. Don’t eat junk food or fast food for lunch. Try to eat a hearty breakfast to get you through most of the day. Junk food has too much fat, too many preservatives and too many calories. Light lunches include fruit, vegetables and salads.
  6. Watch out for co-workers. Be alert for the early warning signs of heat exhaustion, which include disorientation, lethargy, slurred speech and unresponsiveness.
  7. Be aware of your urine. Hydrated bodies discharge clear or light-yellow urine. Urination frequency should be more than twice per day.

With these seven tips, you should be able to prevent heat-related illnesses and accidents. No matter the cause, many regions are experiencing record highs and care must be taken to meet OSHA requirements or beyond.




 





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