Safety Tip: Heat

Summer is here, along with heat and humidity.  Here are some safety tips for working (or playing) in the heat:

WATER:  Drink water often.  You can add some electrolyte drinks, such as Powerade or Gatorade (in moderation).  Avoid  caffeine and alcoholic beverages.

REST:  Take frequent breaks.

SHADE:  Rest in the shade or cooler areas.

Other tips:

  • Wear light layers of clothing that can be shed as the temperature rises.
  • Know the signs if heat exhaustion, heat rash, heat stroke and other heat related illnesses.  Watch for these signs in your co-workers–people often don’t see the signs in themselves.

For more information see OSHA’s webpage on heat illness.

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