Workers, especially those that work outside, are at a higher risk for heat illness and exhaustion during the summer months. Proper hydration, rest, and some other preventive measures will keep you safe while on the job. Check out our tips to keep safe while soaking up the sun:
The recommended daily intake of water is 13 cups for men and 9 cups for women. Increasing water breaks and allowing appropriate rest in shaded areas will increase an employee’s performance. Drinking water can also help balance body fluids and help prevent muscle fatigue.
Those who are new to working in the heat, or unadjusted to it’s effects, can be the most vulnerable to heat stress and should ease their way into working in the heat. This also applies to those who are returning to work after being off for week or more.
Workers should work as a team to be alert in the workplace. OSHA has revised their Heat Safety Tool app to allow workers to calculate the heat index level and determine what their heat illness risk levels are. The app provides workers with information on how to monitor themselves and their coworkers for heat illness symptoms.
Wearing a hat can help protect your scalp and neck from harsh UV rays and help provide relief from the sun. Light colored clothing will attract less heat from the sun and help keep your body temperature down.
Workers should have access to at least 5 minutes of resting in the shade every hour. In South Alabama, one of the hottest areas in the U.S., resting in the shade can dramatically lower the heat impact on your body.
It is mandatory to provide employees with safe and clean drinking water. Even if you’re not thirsty, drinking water can help balance body fluids and prevent muscle fatigue. Water is essential to survival. Whether in an office setting or outdoors, water consumption is beneficial to all employees.
We cannot stress enough the dangers of heat in the workplace. Please take every precaution to keep you and your co-workers safe in the heat. If you need immediate assistance with heat illness or exhaustion please contact us at 251.436.8039 or visit occupationalhc.com. Let’s stay hydrated this year and avoid getting burned by the heat.
We have two OHC clinics to serve you: