Summertime Work Safety Tips

June 2023 Safety Topic

We are nearly in the summer season, and the following tips are designed specifically for CUIMC employees who will be required to do different tasks while working in hot weather.  

High temperature and humidity, physical exertion, and insufficient 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, 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. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
  • 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 limits and ability to work safely in the heat.
  • Use a damp rag. Wipe your face or put it around your neck.
  • Avoid getting sunburn. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 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 at high risk.
  • Avoid direct sun. Find shade or block out the sun if possible.                                                        

For more information or questions about working safely in the summertime, please speak with your supervisor or contact a member of the Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance team.