Staying Safe During the Summer Heat

Today is the FIRST day of summer! During increased heat and humidity in many places, following these simple summer safety recommendations can help you ensure 

you keep productivity high while keeping you and your employees safe on and off the plant floor.

  1. Prepare for high or changing temperatures. If you dress for the sun but work in an air-conditioned plant, you’ve got to remember to dress for both — and encourage employees to do so as well. Bodies need time to adjust when moving between temperature changes, so layered clothing can be a safe bet. According to a Chronicle article, “Environments with high heat production, such as a manufacturing plant, require proper ventilation and cooling areas year-round. If you happen to find yourself feeling light-headed or faint, break to find an air source and fresh water to refuel."
  2. Care for your body. You sweat more in higher temperatures, so give it a rest: Take regular breaks throughout the day to rest and hydrate, rather than waiting until a problem arises. Warmer weather also means you burn more calories — but rich, heavy lunches can make you sluggish. Be sure to listen to your body and give it the energy it needs.
  3. Have fun in the sun. Even incidental sun exposure on your walk from the plant to your vehicle can cause damage. Protect your skin with sunscreen or sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses, and don’t forget to bring your refillable water bottle so you can maintain hydration throughout the day — while also saving the planet.
  4. Stay safe. When you train your employees in company safety and have a working knowledge of first aid, you’ll be ready for anything. Be on the lookout for summer-specific signs of fatigue in yourself as well as your employees and co-workers since heat stroke can be deadly. Also, if you notice an area where safety could be improved in your plant, make it a priority to address it yourself or speak with someone who can help with the issue.