Heat Safety

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Cogbill Construction Weekly Safety Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

As summer quickly approaches, the days are starting to get hotter & longer. As the temperatures increase, the dangers of working outside also increase. Working in extreme heat can cause heatstroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rash within 10 to 15 minutes.

To help prevent these heat-related illnesses from occurring, follow the following safety practices:

1. Hydrate: drink at least 16 oz of water before starting a job then 5 to 7 oz every 20 minutes.

2. Don’t drink dehydrating liquids: alcohol and caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, and soft drinks.

3. Work at a steady pace: Know your limits and don’t overwork yourself.

4. Allow time for breaks: take breaks and drink water in a shaded or cool area.

5. Wear protective clothing: Light colored & loose-fitting clothing will help you remain cooler.

6. Avoid direct sun: Wear sun-protective clothing and sunscreen, try to work in the shade or block out the sun if possible.

7. Be alert of the sign of heat-related illness:

Heat Stroke:

  • Chills

  • Confusion

  • Slurred speech

  • Dry skin

  • Sweating stopped

  • Rapid, strong pulse

  • High body temperature

Heat Exhaustion:

  • Excessive Sweating

  • Muscle Cramps

  • Damp, clammy skin

  • Flushed complexion

  • Light Headedness

  • Fatigue

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