If your job responsibilities require you to work outdoors during the hot summer months, it’s imperative to take steps to protect your health. Neglecting to do so can result in serious harm, including but not limited to dehydration and heat stroke.
Here are some tips to help you work safely in the heat:
- Watch what you wear: Your clothing should allow your skin to breathe, as opposed to holding in the heat.
- Protect your skin: For example, apply sunscreen throughout the day to protect your skin from sunburn and related damage.
- Stay hydrated: It’s not always easy to do when you’re busy, but make sure you have water in close proximity to your work station throughout the day. Also, consider drinking as much water as you can to fight off dehydration.
- Take breaks: No matter how badly you want to get the job done, you shouldn’t push yourself too hard. In extreme heat, it’s critical that you take regular breaks to rest your body and mind. Attempt to take your breaks in a cool place, such as indoors or under a shady tree. This is also a great time to rehydrate.
Even if you take these steps to work safely outdoors during the hot summer months, you could still find yourself dealing with a serious ailment.
In that case, don’t assume you can treat it on your own. It may be past that point. Call for an ambulance and follow the direction of your medical team.
Should your doctor suggest time away from work to recover, file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.