During the summer, there are a number of dangers that can affect workers. With the heat at its maximum and often high humidity levels, workers can fall prey to a number of heat-related conditions and illnesses.
When you have employees outside working, they don't have the benefit of air conditioning to keep them from feeling the full heat of the day. This is especially true when they are working out in the sun without any shade. During the hottest months of the year, heat stress is a real concern for workers. When heat causes enough stress on the body, the condition can then lead to heat rashes and cramps, heat exhaustion and even heat stroke. Injuries may become more likely in these conditions, as the heat can cause goggles to fog up, palms to get sweaty and the worker can feel dizzy.
Preventing Heat Stress
To prevent the heat from causing major problems both for the worker and the company, it's vital to make sure the heat is being addressed. The air velocity can be increased in order to help with the temperature. Workers can also work with barriers that either absorb heat or are reflective. Keep the humidity around workers as low as possible by not leaving the floors wet and reducing any leaks of steam in the facility. The workers should get regular breaks to get out of the heat and replenish their energy. Make sure that everyone has plenty of cool water to drink and that supervisors know what to do in case a worker shows signs of heat stress.
The best way to ensure that everyone knows how important it is to beat the summer heat is to train everyone in heat safety- not just the supervisors. Workers need to be told about symptoms to watch for as well as ways to reduce how long they spend in the heat. Having more workers do a task can often reduce that time for everyone. Taking regular breaks in a cooler area can help them keep their body temperature from getting too high.