Great Tips to Protect Your Workers in Hot Weather

Great Tips to Protect Your Workers in Hot Weather

Great Tips to Protect Your Workers in Hot WeatherProtecting your workers from the elements is a good way to keep them safe and alive.

The human body is pretty good at maintaining homeostasis, meaning regulating our body temperature, but it’s not perfect. If you’ve ever played exercised during a particularly hot day and didn’t have water or allowed your body to cool properly, you know the dangers of overheating. Working during a hot day can raise identical issues and expose your workers to life-threatening conditions. To avoid your workers from succumbing to dehydration, or worse, take some action and follow these tips on how to protect your workers in hot weather.

  • Encourage workers to drink plenty of water—about 1 cup of cool water every 15-20 minutes—and have them avoid alcohol, coffee, or anything that has caffeine. This dehydrates the body. Have water stations for your workers in case they run out of water from their own bottle.
  • Use general ventilation and spot cooling at points of high heat productions. Good airflow increases evaporation, which cools the skin (it’s why sweating cools us off!).
  • Encourage workers to wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. All of these things will reduce the amount of heat that’s trapped, and absorbed.
  • Training first-aid workers to recognize and respond to the signs of heat stress will be a huge help. Also train supervisors to detect early signs of heat-related illness and permit workers to take breaks if they become uncomfortable.

Heat can feel good after coming out of the refrigerated section in a grocery store, but real heat can be detrimental to the health of anyone. Are you offering your employees the right benefits package? To find out if you are, contact Employee Benefit Plans Inc. in Greenwood Village, Colorado.