National Safety Month: 7 Ways to Beat the Heat on the Job

Every summer, thousands of people suffer from heat-related illness that was contracted at work, and staying healthy requires taking responsible steps. 

Employees subjected to humid and hot conditions are vulnerable to heat illness, particularly those workers doing physically taxing tasks or wearing bulky protective equipment. Some evidence has shown temporary staff may be at greater risk in these conditions because they have not developed a tolerance for them. It’s well-known at outdoor workers in a range of industries are at risk for heat illness, but many of those in manufacturing and heavy industry also must work in hot and humid conditions. 

On the job, you should always be trying to beat the heat. Below are 7 tips on how to do that. 

1) Drink (and Eat) 

Staying hydrated is essential in the battle against heatrelated illness. Drinking enough water shouldn’t just take place at work. During hot weather, staying hydrated involves drinking water all day long, and avoiding too much caffeine or alcohol.  

It’s also important to eat healthy meals, as food can replace lost electrolytes. 

2) Wear ‘Cool’ Clothes 

Unfortunately, most workplaces won’t allow you to wear flip-flops, shorts and a tank top to work when it gets hot. Instead, wear loosefitting clothing made from breathable materials like cottonIf you are working outsidewear a brimmed hat to protect your head from the sun. 

3) Take Regular Breaks 

Research has shown regular breaks translate to higher productivity anyway, but regular breaks are a necessity when it comes to working in the heat. Try to schedule more frequent breaks during peak temperature hours. If you’re working outside, make sure your break area is shaded.   

4) Avoid Overexertion 

In some jobs, it’s impossible to avoid strenuous physical activity. For those working in these positions, they should try to avoid performing the most strenuous physical activity during peak temperature hours. Teams should work together to strategically perform work during the coolest hours of the workday. 

5) Consider Underlying Health Conditions 

If you have a serious health condition or you’re taking medications that could affect your ability to cope with the heat, you need to consult a doctor and follow whatever medical advice you’re given. 

6) Ensure Proper Ventilation 

If you’re working indoors and you’re concerned about extreme temperature rise, make sure your work area is properly ventilated.  

7)  Take Care of Yourself and Your Co-workers 

It’s easy to get caught up in working as hard and as quickly as possible. In comfortable temperature conditions, that’s not an issue, but when temperatures rise to dangerous levels, you have to listen to your body and slow down when you know aren’t feeling well. 

You should also pay attention to how those around you are coping with the heat and support them when necessary. 

We Can Find Summer Work that Suits You 

If you are looking to get a new job this summer, one with working conditions that suit you, please contact Nationwide temporaries. We can accelerate your search so you can have more time to spend on enjoying the summer. 

 

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