Many look forward to the warm summer weather, but excessive heat can be dangerous to your health.

Prevention is important.

  • Do you have policies or procedures in place to protect workers exposed to hot weather or hot equipment?
  • Has your staff been prepared to recognize and respond to signs of heat stress?

It is important to make sure workers have opportunities to rest and rehydrate.

Protect yourself and your co-workers:

  • Monitor weather to avoid working in extreme heat, sun exposure, and high humidity
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, such as cotton and a hat
  • Gradually build up or acclimatize to heavy work in heat
  • Take more breaks when doing heavier work
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety recommends working in an environment with a temperature range of 20 – 27?C (68 – 80 ?F), and warns that 35 – 40?C (95 – 104?F) is the limit to what our bodies can handle.

Dealing with heat is something you can not ignore. How do you stay cool in warm temperatures?