The peak of summer can be a tough time for contractors who spend a lot of time outdoors. According to OSHA, thousands of workers become sick from the heat each year. Make sure you and your team are keeping cool with these summer safety reminders.
Water and sports drinks are great options to help you stay hydrated in the heat. Be sure to keep them on hand!
Create a heat plan.
Make sure everyone on your team is aware of the early signs of heat-related sicknesses and designate a supervisor or foreman on site who will be responsible for identifying heat sickness, administering first aid, and contacting emergency services, if needed.
If you aren’t used to working in the heat for long periods of time, take frequent breaks and work a shorter shift while slowly building up to a full day.
Don’t forget the sunscreen.
Heat is not the only concern when working outdoors. Protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation with sunscreen.
Dress for the weather.
Choose clothes that are weather appropriate and safe for your job site. You may also consider opting for tinted goggles or sunglasses to help protect your eyes.
Whether you run your own business, lead a team, or work on your own, being prepared and taking proper safety precautions keeps you safe and helps keep your projects running on schedule. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov/heat-exposure.
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