The summer season can present distinctive hazards, exposing us to high temperatures both inside and outside on the job site. When our body temperature increases, it tries to maintain its normal temperature by transferring heat through sweating. Sweat can remove heat and make the skin feel cooler. Heat-related illness occurs when our bodies can no longer transfer enough heat to keep us cool. The combination of heat, humidity and physical labor can lead to a variety of heat-related illnesses. Proper protection and planning control measures can often prevent these hazards and save lives.
It’s easy to get caught up in the job and forget about the importance of staying hydrated and taking regular breaks. Heat illnesses can occur quickly, and if one of us isn’t treated the situation can become life-threatening. We need to watch out for each other for signs of heat illness and report any symptoms to your supervisor right away.