In recent years, we have seen record high temperatures and as predicted – the heat and temperatures may keep rising. Individuals working in the construction or manufacturing sector, restaurants, or those working in the direct sun like farmers are exposed to heat, leading to loss of productivity and health issues. That’s why, it is important for managers and top leadership to look for ways, like seeking guidance from an experienced business risk professional to reduce the effects of heat and provide their employees and workers with appropriate working conditions.
If your place of employment lacks proper ventilation, air conditioning or there is extreme heat, here are some proven ways to beat the heat.
Although sweat caused by heat can help you cool down, it also leads to loss of water in your body. Therefore, drinking eight glasses of water, or ample water – depending on the working conditions, can provide for a good way to beat the heat. Other options include abstaining from alcoholic beverages and drinking coconut water or energy drinks to restore lost electrolytes. Representatives of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommend water every 20 minutes in extreme working conditions. Additionally, temperatures of 68-76 degrees Fahrenheit should be maintained where possible. Employee diet plans should be applied to ensure sugar-infused drinks and foods are avoided by workers to manage weight and body heat.
Manage Work Hours
Work during times of extreme heat, especially in the afternoon, should be scheduled to include frequent breaks. If possible, construction work should start early in the morning and be completed before the hottest hours of the day. Where possible, employees should be rested to reduce risk of cardiac or heat related illnesses. If possible, employers should provide a shaded resting place for construction workers who work in the sun.
Train Your Employees
Employees should be provided with lightweight clothes made of cotton or fiber that can absorb moisture – especially in humid working conditions. All new workers should go through an acclimatization process, while old employees should be routinely provided with refresher courses on ways to manage heat. Employees should be trained to read the heat index to determine appropriate temperatures, while superiors and supervisors should be informed if signs of heat-related illness – such as heat rash, heat strokes, heat exhaustion or heat cramps are observed among workers.
If you want to learn more about ways to manage heat in extreme working conditions for workers and customers or wish to find more information about workplace safety then contact SIA Insurance Group by calling at (630) 325-4000.
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