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.
- 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.