To protect your employees health in high temperatures, you need to provide training so they understand how to keep cool. The Mayo Clinic suggest that you can avoid heat related medical conditions by taking 9 simple steps:

  • Clothing: Should be lightweight and loose
  • Sunscreen:  Apply a sunscreen with a minimum of an SPF of 30
  • Drink extra fluids:  To prevent dehydration, it’s generally recommended to drink at least eight glasses of water, fruit juice, or vegetable juice per day. As heat-related illness can result from salt depletion, it may be advisable to substitute an electrolyte-rich sports drink for water

 

  • Take precautions outdoors:  During labour intense work, workers should consume another eight ounces of water every 20 minutes regardless as to how they feel
  • Avoid: caffeine or alcohol
  • Do not overexert yourself
  • Use a Buddy System: each worker will have another to monitor them and react if necessary
  • Avoid hot foods/heavy meals: they add heat to your body
  • Limit sun exposure: especially during mid-day hours

For more information heat related illness and how to spot them in yourself (and therefore your workforce), read our article here.  All managers need to be aware of the causes of heat related illness, how to spot a worker in distress and that a worker who has suffered from HE is likely to be sensitive to high temperatures the following 7 days and this should be taken into account to avoid a relapse.  If you raise awareness by conducting training during the induction process – with annual remainders – you could be avoiding a costly court fines.

 

 

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