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This Month's Safety Notice

Summer Heat Safety

Summer is here! Follow these OSHA and NIOSH recommendations to stay safe in the heat:

  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as cotton. Avoid non-breathing synthetic clothing.
  • Gradually build up to heavy work.
  • Schedule heavy work during the coolest parts of day.
  • Take breaks in the shade or a cool area when possible.
  • Drink water frequently. Drink enough water that you never become thirsty. Approximately 1 cup every 15-20 minutes.
  • Avoid drinks with large amounts of caffeine or sugar.
  • Be aware that protective clothing or personal protective equipment may increase the risk of heat stress.
  • Monitor your physical condition and that of your coworkers.
  • Rotate tasks when possible so that no one person spends the whole shift doing the hottest or most stressful work.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your head, neck, and eyes.
  • Move into the shade if you feel ill:
  • Dizzy, faint, weak
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Headache, cramps
  • Sweating, rapid heart rate

If you choose to wear sunscreen, please bring your own from home and refrain from sharing with other people.