Summer Work Safety Tips for the Outdoor Worker

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Summer Work Safety Tips for the Outdoor Worker

It’s so important to take precautions as an outdoor worker during the summer months against sun and heat exposure and bug bites. We are always on the look out to help recommend safer conditions for your company and employees.

Here are a few summer safety tips to help you maintain a productive and safe work environment this summer:

Safety Under the Sun:

  • Cover up. Wear lightweight, tightly woven clothing that you can’t see through
  • Use sunscreen. A sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 blocks 93 percent of UV rays. Be sure to follow application directions
  • Wear a hat. It should protect your neck, ears, forehead, nose and scalp
  • Wear UV-absorbent shades. Sunglasses should block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation. Before you buy, read the product label

Beware of the Heat Factor:

During the summer months, the combination of heat and humidity – especially in Houston – can be a serious health threat. Make sure to:

  • Drink plenty of water before you get thirsty
  • Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as dry-fit material
  • Eat smaller meals before work activity
  • Skip the caffeine and soda; drink water instead
  • Be aware that equipment such as respirators or work suits can increase heat stress

Bug and Tick Safety:

Take the following precautions to protect yourself from ticks if you work in tall grass or wooded areas.

  • Wear light-colored clothing to see ticks more easily
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants
  • Tuck pant legs into socks or boots
  • Wear high boots or closed shoes that cover your feet completely
  • Wear a hat
  • Use tick repellants, but not on your face
  • Wash and dry your work clothes at high temperatures
  • Examine your body for ticks after work. Remove any attached ticks promptly with a tweezers. In some regions, ticks may transmit Lyme disease. If you get bit and develop a rash, see your doctor.

To those who are allergic or get stung multiple times, bee, hornet, yellow jacket and wasp stings can be dangerous.

  • Wear bug repellant
  • Avoid wearing heavy perfumes or scented lotions
  • Check before drinking from cups, bottles or cans. Stinging insects are attracted to sweet drinks

You can help mitigate risk at your workplace by following these summer safety tips.

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