Beat the Heat, Stay Cool
It’s that time of year again when the temperature rises, and the potential for heat-related illness becomes a factor in your daily work routine. Beat the heat with these quick tips:
- Hydrate before, during, and after work. Prevention is important; maintain good hydration by drinking at least 8 ounces of water every 20 minutes.
- Dress appropriately for the weather. On warm days, wear light-colored, loose-fitting, and breathable clothing to keep your body temperature down.
- Use the shade to stay cool. When possible, use shaded areas to stay out of direct sunlight.
- Know the signs of heat stress. Understand what heat stress is, and how it can affect your health and safety. Watch out for:
- Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating;
- Confusion or dizziness;
- Muscle cramps;
- Weakness or fatigue; and
Notify your supervisor or call 911 if you experience signs of heat-related illness. This not only ensures your safety, but can also save your life.
— Safety and OSHA Compliance Programs,
Employee Resource Management, 5-25-17