Summer Job Site Safety 5 Tips to Keep in Mind
As the weather heats up and snow melts away, it may seem like job sites are safer because employees no longer have to work in freezing temperatures. However, summer still brings many challenges, including heat exhaustion. To ensure your job site is safe, following these safety tips.
Drinking a cup of water every 15–20 minutes hydrates your body throughout the day. Most people think thirst is the first sign they need water, but waiting until you’re thirsty to drink actually decreases your urinary output and blood pressure and increases your pulse. According to Dr. Irvin Sulapas, a doctor and an assistant professor at the Baylor College of Medicine, “The body can tolerate 1%–2% of water loss, but anything more than that will present problems. This will decrease your work or athletic performance.” Limiting your morning caffeine intake and keeping a water bottle with you will help your body combat dehydration. Getting custom-made water bottles can also boost staff morale and incentivize your team to keep drinking fluids.
KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS
the sunscreen. Check that you’re using sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or more and remember that sweating washes away sunscreen, so routinely apply it to ensure you’re protecting those burn-prone areas, including your ears, nose, and the back of your neck.
Unfortunately, despite your team’s best efforts, the heat can overwhelm anyone. Stay vigilant for the warning signs of heat exhaustion: heavy sweating, rapid pulse, dizziness, goosebumps on the skin, muscle cramps, and headaches. Heat exhaustion leads to heatstroke, so watch for vomiting, flushed skin, confusion, rapid breathing, and a racing pulse. If you see these signs, get out of the sun and seek medical attention immediately. Never hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns about the safety of your job site during the summer months.
DRESS THE PART
When the sun is out in full force, it’s crucial to dress appropriately. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored, breathable fabrics to keep your body temperature low. Switching to short sleeves and taking your hat off are tempting, but exposing your skin to the sun can lead to heatstroke or severe sunburn.
ADJUST YOUR SCHEDULE
Doing physically taxing projects earlier in the morning ensures you’re not exhausting yourself later on. Additionally, getting an early start means you and your team have less work to do in the heat. Working later in the day also increases the risk of workers experiencing severe burns from handling hot materials.
It’s impossible to cover your skin completely with clothing, so make sure to layer on
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