Not Hot Yet, Get Ready For Summer. Heat Precautions For Employees

Written by on 5/24/2010 10:37 PM . It has 0 Comments.

Ok, I went to the lake this weekend, and it was cold.  But a month from now it will be hot, and we wont be at the lake to cool off.  Here are some simple tips to help keep your employees cool.

While these are just tips, GDI offers a complete heat safety programs, everything from power points, hand outs, and complete OSHA compliance.   Here are some tips.

The combination of heat and humidity can be a serious health threat to outdoor workers during the summer months. In fact, workers are susceptible to heat stroke, heat exhaustion and sun poisoning when they are exposed to excessive amounts of sun. To beat the heat:

  • Drink plenty of water before you get thirsty.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing, such as items made of cotton.
  • Eat smaller meals before work activity.
  • Ask your doctor if the heat will aggravate your body because of any medications you are taking, and take the proper precautions.
  • Be aware that equipment such as respirators or work suits can increase heat stress. 

Know the warning signs of Dehydration.

You can lose up to 10 cups of water a day by sweating, breathing and eliminating waste. This is potentially harmful to your body since water and electrolytes are essential for proper body functions. To combat heat-related illnesses, re-hydrate immediately when you experience one or more of these symptoms:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Sleepiness or fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle weakness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Last tip..

In warm weather, skip the soda or
coffee, which contain caffeine,
and go straight for H2O!

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