Make the Workplace Safer
- Provide cool potable water.
- Have shade available.
- Have an emergency phone, like a cell phone, available to call9-1-1 in case of an emergency. Know your location. Follow Safe Work Practices
- Watch for symptoms of heat stress including high body temperature, hot, dry skin, confusion, nausea, headaches, fatigue, and fainting.
- Drink a minimum of 1 quart of cool potable water per hour.
- Start drinking water at the beginning of work and don’t wait until you’rethirsty.
- Stay away from drinks with caffeine such as coffee, alcohol and softdrinks.
- Wear proper loose fitting clothing and dress for the weather conditions.
- Acclimate yourself to the heat and don’t overwork. Allow time for yourbody to adjust.
- Air temperature will increase if you’re working next to a source ofradiation, on a roof, in a trench, inside a vehicle, in a confined space,
or on a street.
- Check with your doctor if you’re taking any medications that mayadversely affect you while working outdoors. Some medications can
increase the symptoms of heat stress.
- NOTIFY YOUR SUPERVISOR IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE ANYHEAT-RELATED SYMPTOMS. Personal Protective Equipment
- Always wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the job.
- Types, styles, and designs of PPE should be chosen based upon company policy, state law and the weatherconditions and surrounding present conditions.
- NOTIFY YOUR SUPERVISOR IMMEDIATELY IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO WEAR ANY PPE.