I was working in San Antonio this week, thankful for rental car air conditioning in the 100 degree heat and humidity. With sweat rolling down my face and heat waves dancing off the asphalt, I realized that even though the official start of summer is still a few weeks away, it is time to begin thinking about raising awareness of the effects of working outside in the hot sun.
Heat exhaustion can creep upon you quickly, especially if you are focused more on your work than on the surrounding conditions. If the job requires heavy physical exertion, employees are much more likely to be affected by the heat in a much shorter period of time.
Today’s safety topic come to you from the fine folks at the Texas Department of Insurance. The outline is straightforward and the recommendations to employees for dealing with hot weather work are spot-on. There is even a quiz at the end. Please read over the materials before holding the safety meeting.