Summertime Work Safety Tips

June 2020 Safety Topic

As we enter the summer season, the following tips are designed specifically for CUIMC employees who will be required to do different tasks while they are working in hot weather.   

High temperature and humidity, physical exertion, and lack of sufficient water intake can lead to heat-related stress. Symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke include confusion, irrational behavior, loss of consciousness, abnormally high body temperature, and hot or dry skin.

Employees should follow the tips below while working in hot weather:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids; drink about 2 cups of water before starting work and one cup every 15 or 20 minutes.
  • Avoid dehydrating liquids. Coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks can hurt more than help.
  • Wear protective clothing. Lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing helps protect against heat. Change clothing if it gets completely saturated.
  • Pace yourself. Know your own limits and ability to work safely in heat.
  • Use a damp rag. Wipe your face or put it around your neck.
  • Avoid getting sunburn. Use sunscreen and wear a hat if working outside.
  • Be alert to signs of heat-related illness. Know what to look for and check on other workers that might be at high risk. 
  • Avoid direct sun. Find shade or block out the sun if possible.
  • Eat smaller meals. Eat fruits high in fiber and natural juice. Avoid high protein foods.

For more information or questions about summertime work safety, please speak with your supervisor or contact the Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance team.