BACK TO YOU: DON HURST
This last week Manitoba experienced a heat wave that broke several weather records. Knowing how to work safely in hot weather can help prevent heat-stress illness and heat stroke. The combination of heat, humidity and physical labor can lead to heat stress, increased fatigue, hospitalization and even fatalities. It is important to educate your workers on control measures.
These measures include:
- Staying hydrated
- Taking frequent breaks and have a hot weather work guideline
- Frequently using sunscreen and bug spray
- Wear light-weight, light-colored clothing
- Rotate tasks or try to work in shade when possible
- Avoid caffeine or alcoholic beverages
Recognizing warning signs and taking quick action could make a difference in preventing heat-related illness. Click here to visit our website for safety talks that address hazards of the summer season. If you have questions, please contact your regional WORKSAFELY™ safety advisor.