The New Jersey & Landscape Association shared in its newsletter some tips for outdoor workers to stay safe from the heat this summer. Here is that advice, originally from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, to keep your team safe from heat-related illness this summer.
Workers performing activities in high temperatures and humid conditions are at risk for heat-related illness. Symptoms of heat-related illness include fainting, dizziness, nausea, and muscle spasms. Keep workers safe by following these simple safety practices.
- Provide water, frequent rest breaks, and shade.
- Allow time to build a tolerance for working in the heat.
- Offer training on the hazards of heat exposure and how to prevent illness.
- Develop an emergency action plan on what to do if a worker shows signs of heat-related illness.