As temperatures rise, Applied® can help you and your employees stay cool and safe all summer long
Summer’s here. Which means workers with physically demanding jobs risk illnesses from exposure to extreme air temperatures, direct sunlight and humidity while on the job site. That’s why heat stress-related illnesses affect thousands of workers every year.
In some cases, the effects of heat stress can even result in fatality. Make sure you and your workers are equipped with the right knowledge and tools in place to prevent these occurrences from happening. Doing so can help you get the job done safely on a hot summer’s day.
For all your summertime needs, you can trust Applied Industrial Technologies. Supplying more than 6 million products from 4,000 manufacturers, Applied® is your partner in providing products that are critical for staying cool, hydrated, and protected while performing tasks in hot environmental conditions – all while getting the job done right.
How to Prevent Heat Stress According to OSHA.com
Teach employees how to spot the symptoms of heat-related illness and administer proper first aid when appropriate.
Cool down work environments with air conditioned construction equipment cabs and break rooms.
Increase room ventilation with cooling fans.
Use reflective shields to redirect radiant heat.
Eliminate steam leaks.
Develop an emergency plan outlining the procedures if a worker shows signs of heat-related illness.
Gradually increase workloads and allow more frequent breaks during the first exposure of work.
Ensure workers have potable (safe for drinking) water close to the work area, and encourage consuming small amounts frequently.
Permit workers to distribute the workload evenly over the course of the day and incorporate work/rest cycles. (See About Work/Rest Schedules).
Schedule physical and labor-intensive tasks during hot weather for cooler times of the day, if possible.
Rotate job functions among workers to help minimize overexertion and heat exposure.
Conduct physiological monitoring of workers - see Monitoring Workers at Risk of Heat-related Illness.