Avoiding Work-Related Heat Stress

The summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors. However, prolonged exposure to the heat can cause serious injuries, especially if your job involves working outside. Here are some ways to avoid heat stress this summer.

For Employees

  • Stay hydrated. Stick to water, and avoid caffeinated or sugary drinks as those can cause dehydration.
  • Wear loose, light colored clothing. Dark clothes attract heat, and non-breathable fabrics trap it.
  • Take frequent breaks. Let your body cool down if you feel yourself getting overwhelmed.
  • Seek assistance. If you start to feel unwell, tell a supervisor immediately.

For Employers

  • Train your employees on heat stress. Cover the risks, warning signs and emergency procedures.
  • Gradually increase work in hot weather. Build up to the long, hot days.
  • Work around the heat. Schedule more strenuous tasks for the coldest parts of the day and lengthy outdoor projects for the colder parts of the year
  • Provide relief. Provide your employees with water and a cool place to take breaks. Encourage them to take breaks often, especially if they appear on the verge of a heat-related illness. Relieve them of that day’s work if necessary.

Make sure you do your part avoid heat stress at work. If left untreated, heat stress can cause vomiting, fainting, burn injuries, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, traumatic brain injuries, permanent disability or even death. If your employer failed to provide a safe working environment, contact us today to set up a free consultation. You may be entitled to seek justice for your injuries.

The Metier Law Firm, LLCDenver injury attorneys

1 thought on “Avoiding Work-Related Heat Stress”

  1. These are excellent tips for avoiding heat-related brain injuries. Employers must learn to be adaptable when it comes to their work schedules as temperate parts of the country have recently experienced surprise heat waves that put workers at risk. Getting the project done early is not worth seriously injuring one of your employees. Employers should look out for employees showing signs of heat exhaustion, and employees must tell their supervisors if they feel faint or nauseous.

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