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Keeping Your Crew Safe in Hot Weather

More than 40 percent of all heat-related worker deaths occur in the contracting trades. Many more workers also become ill from extreme heat and humidity. With scorching heat in the forecast, it's time to re-evaluate how your company is going to help employees stay safe.

During periods of extreme temperatures, experts use three words: Water, Rest and Shade. Provide worker's with adequate water, rest, and shade; allow workers to take more frequent breaks; plan for emergencies and train workers on prevention; and monitor workers for signs of heat illness.

Some of the suggestions we have heard to help your team members stay more productive in extreme heat and humidity:

  • Equip workers with cooling caps and bandanas.
  • Start work as early as possible and schedule additional breaks at the hottest times.
  • Provide water and sports drinks on days when temperatures are expected to be especially high.
  • Sends text messages/emails and hold safety talks to keep workers alert to the hazards of heat exposure.
  • Share These Be Heat Smart Tips with Your Team:

  • Wear sunscreen to avoid long term damage to your skin.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Drink more water than you think you need. Don't wait until you're thirsty.
  • Be careful with caffeinated beverages and energy drinks.
  • Monitor the weather so you can plan your day.