Working Safely in the Heat

The temperatures have been rising to make it an uncomfortably hot summer. For the people that work outside in the heat—we’re talking to you, construction workers—it can be especially difficult. While many people work safely in their air-conditioned offices or homes, construction workers have to endure the elements. If you don’t follow safe practices, the risk for heat stroke and other heat-related disorders rises quickly. Here are a few tips to stay safe in the heat:

 

Stay Hydrated

This is the most common-sense tip on the list, but staying hydrated is of the utmost importance while working in the heat. Not only should you take a break at least a few times an hour to drink water, you should make sure you drink a glass or two of water before you begin the work day. Make sure you aren’t relying on liquids that can easily dehydrate you, like caffeinated beverages and alcohol.

 

Take Breaks

You should take breaks to drink water, but you also need to take breaks to get out of the sun. If you can’t go into an air-conditioned place, at least get in the shade.

 

Pace Yourself

Your job is naturally very physical, but don’t overwork yourself. Work at a safe pace so you don’t overdo it, get sick, and make a mistake.

 

Wear Protective Clothing

The clothing you wear can have a big impact on how well you do working in the heat. Wear loose, light-colored, clothing that is lightweight. If it is moisture-wicking, that’s a nice bonus. You don’t want to wear anything super dark that will attract the sun. Carry a damp rag with you if you can to place around your neck and wipe your face.

 

Use Sunscreen

This one is a no-brainer. Wear sunscreen and apply it regularly to avoid nasty sunburns and sun damage.

 

Do you have any tips to add to the list? Let us know!