Heat Related Safety Incidents
The body normally cools itself by sweating, but sometimes during hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating is not enough. Plan ahead before heading outdoors, check the weather and make sure you have enough water on hand to keep yourself hydrated. When at work it is the responsibility of all employees to plan ahead, stay alert to the weather and to monitor their own physical well-being. Remember, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be a dangerous side effect from exposure to extreme heat.
During a heat wave you are at greater risk of getting a heat related illness. All employees should monitor themselves and their coworkers for symptoms of heat related illnesses. Staying hydrated and alert to how you are feeling will help keep you safe and healthy during the “Dog Days of Summer”. Below are a few safety tips to avoid heat related illnesses;
- Allow for acclamation (adaption) to hot humid conditions
- Drink plenty of water, even if you are not thirsty
- When working or playing outdoors for extended times, take breaks as much as possible in a shaded or air conditioned area
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol both can speed up dehydration
- Wear a light colored hat to shade yourself from the sun when possible
- Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency
- Peer check each other and keep an eye out for signs of heat illnesses
Remember, staying safe and healthy does not end when you leave work. G4S wants everyone to stay safe and healthy 7 days a week, 24 hours a day whether at Home, Work or Play.