Just because it’s 98 degrees with a heat index of 112 degrees, doesn’t mean your construction project deadlines will be forgiving. During the summer months, working outdoors can be brutal for your teams. Thousands of workers each year become affected by heat-related illnesses. Keep your crews operating at their best this summer with these five tips for beating the heat on the job.
Keep Them Hydrated
Staying hydrated is imperative when working outdoors in the summer months. Make sure your crews have ample supply of cold water to drink and encourage them to drink often. Sports drinks, coconut water, and certain fruits also contain electrolytes, which are essential for hydration. Remind your teams to take regular drink breaks, every ten to fifteen minutes, especially during the peak midday hours. Consider offering them popsicles as well to offer a refreshing treat throughout the day. Encourage them to take advantage of brief moments of breeze or take their drink breaks in the shade.
Ice Packs, Fans, and Hats
Encourage your teams to dress appropriately. Depending on the nature of your outdoor construction project, they may be limited to specific personal protective equipment, such as steel-toed boots, high visibility vests or hard hats. When applicable, however, allow them to wear breathable shirts that are lighter in the fabric. If your crew can perform their outdoor construction jobs safely with their own choice of street clothes, consider allowing them to wear light pants, shorts or sleeveless shirts during predicted hottest days of the week.
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