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Dang! It’s Hot Out There! Drink Your Water

The risk of heat related injury is real.  Heat related injuries can result in a fatality as well as long term health problems.  In our modern times most everyone sleeps under air conditioning and the bodies are not accustom to the heat they experience during the day.  This is one of the reasons to change how we deal with this workplace hazard.

It is up to each employer to access their workplace and identify hazards that can cause injury, this includes heat.  During this time of year the weather can heat up quickly.  Although it won’t be long before cooler weather arrives, it only takes one hot day that leads to injury.

Each day, remind workers of the temperature and humidity levels encouraging them to follow OSHA’s key pieces of advice:

▪   Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you’re not thirsty.

▪   Rest in the shade to cool down.

▪   Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.

▪   Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency.

▪   Keep an eye on fellow workers.

Take the time to check the weather report and then use the following links to get information that you can use to communicate the hazard of heat to your workforce.

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Be Safe!

Carl Potter

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Hazard Recognition and Control is the cornerstone of any successful safety process.  Imagine every employee taking responsibility for safety.  Consider my Hazard Recognition and Control Workshop for your organization.  Email me at: carl@potterandassociates.com to schedule a time to discuss.

 

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