Help Your Workers Beat the Heat This Summer
As the official start of summer begins this weekend, maintenance staff working outdoors and in facilities without air conditioning face the challenge of keeping cool. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released several warm weather tips to help businesses keep their employees safe and healthy.
Employers should watch their workers for signs of heat stroke, which include:
- High body temperature (103°F or higher)
- Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
- Fast, strong pulse
- Losing consciousness (passing out).
Employers can help their staff avoid heatstroke by implementing the following practices as recommended by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):
- Limit workers’ time in the heat and increase recovery time spent in a cool environment
- Gradually increase workers’ time in hot conditions over 7 to 14 days
- Increase the number of workers per task so the job gets done quicker
- Implement a buddy system where workers observe each other for signs of heat intolerance
- Provide adequate amounts of cool water near the work area and encourage workers to drink frequently.