Warning: Hot Summer Weather is Coming

Dangerous health conditions from exposure to high temperatures and sun while working outside in the summer months.

The first day of summer is just a few days away on June 21, 2015. Average high temperatures will soon reach 80 degrees.

Here is our annual blog post devoted to staying safe in the hot weather.

Health and safety should always come before company profits!

Heatstroke

Heatstroke is a serious medical condition caused by exposure to high temperatures. It requires emergency treatment and can result in death. An excellent resource for additional information can be found at the Mayo Clinic.

OSHA recommends wearing light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing. Sometimes the best thing you can do is take a break indoors. Even the air conditioning from your car will provide some relief. If you do not feel well, tell a manager or supervisor immediately.

Dehydration

Dehydration can be a serious medical emergency. You might not even realize a problem until you start to feel sick. Symptoms include headache, dizziness and feeling tired.

Do not count on your employer to provide you with enough fluids. Make sure you have access to your own supply of drinking water so you are covered.

Sunburn

The dangers associated with sunburn are not limited to small children. UV radiation increases your chances of developing skin damage and cancer. Sunburn can even occur on cloudy or otherwise cool days.

Protect yourself from sun exposure by wearing a hat. Some clothing is designed to block UV radiation.  Talk with a dermatologist about your best options for sunscreen and how to protect your skin.

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Related information:

OSHA Fact Sheet – Working Outdoors in Warm Climates

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