Summertime temperatures are no joke. With the added concerns about COVID-19, employees who work outdoors or in non-climate-controlled environments need to be much more cautious than ever before. How can you make summer safety and productivity a priority for your employees this year? Here are some tips to get you started.
For general labor and warehouse employees, the work is often heavy lifting and exhausting. This means that workers exert themselves more throughout the day, even as temperatures rise. Especially now, when you might be requiring mask and other personal protective equipment, give your team breaks to rest, recover, and get ready to return to work.
Promote Healthy Hydration
Dehydration is a real concern in the summer. Provide water bottles or access to a water cooler so your employees can drink water regularly throughout the day. Encourage your team to use reusable water bottles or provide branded bottles to promote your commitment to healthy hydration. You can also offer sports drinks to replenish electrolytes and keep your team hydrated and healthy.
Know the Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration
Train your employees to watch for the signs of heat exhaustion. They may ignore the major warning signs, so it’s also important for you to be aware. If your employee appears dizzy or unable to focus, ask them to take a break. If they don’t recover quickly, contact emergency services. Other signs include:
- Muscle cramping
- Difficulty breathing
Bonus Tip: Masks and Other Safety Precautions
In the summer of 2020, the world is a little different as well, and while the three tips for beating the heat while working are still critical, there is an additional consideration. Many companies, especially those that rely on essential workers, are requiring that masks are worn on the job. OSHA has indicated that wearing a mask is safe, but many people are cautious that it can still cause overheating. Encourage your team to wear masks safely on the job, and be sure to continue to take breaks and stay hydrated.