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How to Work Safely in High Temperatures


Today is the first official day of summer, and the sun and heat has settled in nicely in the Arkansas River Valley. We’re happy to say our job trailers have moved past the days of oscillating fans, and they are fully equipped with air conditioning to give our workers a cool place to take a break and cool down during the heat of the day.

Despite efforts to keep cool, our summer work environments demand a fair amount of salt and sweat from our bodies, and with that in mind, we think it’s time to talk about how to work safely in high temperatures.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that individuals working in hot weather conditions focus on three essential items to remain safe on the job site: Water, Rest, and Shade. When you’re working outside this summer, take care to remember the following tips.

Hot Weather Safety Tips:

  • Stay hydrated. Experts recommended drinking 5 to 7 ounces every 15 to 20 minutes during outside work.
  • Limit your intake of liquids that may contribute to dehydration. Examples include coffee, caffeinated soft drinks, and tea. And of course, never drink alcohol on the job site.
  • Work at a slow and even pace. Listen to your body and understand the signs of heat-related illness.
  • Take breaks. Water breaks and rest periods Take time for rest periods and water breaks in a shaded or air conditioned area.
  • Protect your skin. Wear sunscreen and tightly-woven clothing that blocks out light. If your clothing becomes saturated by sweat, change it.
  • Protect your eyes. UV rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so be sure to wear UV-absorbent safety glasses, particularly during these hours.

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