The dog days of summer have started, and the higher temperatures bring with it the danger of suffering heat-related illnesses while on site. Construction workers are at high risk for heat-related illnesses due to the strenuous nature of their jobs and prolonged exposure to the heat and humidity brought on during the summer months.
We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to beat the heat onsite this summer:
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
You should be drinking water or other fluids every 15 – 20 minutes. Cool water should be your main source of hydration. Sports drinks (i.e. Gatorade, Powerade, etc.) and coconut water are good for restoring electrolytes.
Made in the Shade
Taking frequent breaks in the shade is an important step to avoid heat-related illnesses. Whenever you are feeling overheated or presenting symptoms of heat stress you should take at least a 5-minute break in a shaded area. This is also a great time to rehydrate if you haven’t already done so.
Lather on the Sunscreen
Whenever you are working outdoors you should be using sunscreen. Even on cloudy and overcast days, ultraviolet (UV) rays can reach you and cause sunburn. It’s also a good idea to wear a wide-brimmed hat to block the sun’s deadly rays.
Know the Signs
Heat stress, heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke are all heat-related illnesses that can occur on site. Symptoms can arise quickly so it’s important to monitor yourself and your team on a hot sunny day.
Helping your body maintain a stable internal temperature is vital in avoiding heat-related illness. To cool your body temperature down, try getting inside an air-conditioned space like a vehicle or jobsite trailer. You can also apply a cool, wet cloth to pulse points on your body such as the neck, wrists, and elbows. The tops of your feet and inside of your ankles are also pulse points so try soaking them in a bucket of cool water for a few minutes. (We suggest taking your shoes and socks off first.)
Check your PPE
The H&S team are always here to help and can easily supply you and your team the right PPE or gear to get the job done safely. Here are some of the items we can provide: Sunscreen, Thorzt Hydration Sachets, Hard hat brims, Safety glasses, Prescription safety sunglasses and more.
Call or email one of the team to make an order or pop in and see us.