July is for celebrating.
The fourth, our freedom, warm weather, fresh BBQ and pool parties. Summer resonates with all of us because it’s the season of spending our days outdoors. Sure, you’ll lather your kids up with SPF 50, but when it comes to taking care of yourself and your employees – are you prepared for the dangers of summer? Annually, thousands of workers become ill and dozens of workers die from working in the extreme heat. While OSHA reports that 40% of these illnesses and fatalities occur in the construction industry, workers of every field are still susceptible to the heat.
OSHA law requires employers to protect their teams from heat related deaths, injuries and illnesses. Along with having a heat illness prevention program in place, employers must provide workers with access to water, rest and shade.
From 2014-2017, 13 hospitalizations and 3 deaths occurred from extreme heat exposure.
Many of the deaths caused by heat exposure occurred on jobs that lasted LESS THAN 4 days! That shows you just how powerful the heat can be, especially in July. OSHA’s hot environment tips include:
- Drink water every 15 minutes – whether you’re thirsty or not!
- Adjust to the heat – take a few days to become acclimated to the temperatures
- Wear light clothing & a hat for added protection
- Take breaks and rest – especially in shaded, cool areas
- Learn the symptoms of heat illness and keep an eye on your coworkers
Heath related illnesses and injuries can be brought on quickly. If your employees aren’t focused on hydrating and being safe, their lives could be at risk. Among access to water, shaded areas and hats, Mobile Inspection is one tool that could help avoid falling victim to heat exhaustion. If the heat index is too high, you can easily reschedule inspections and feel comfortable making the right decision for your team. Without creating confusion or chaos, simply use Mobile Inspection to contact your inspectors, reschedule inspections and save reports all with ease! When safety is at risk, it’s your responsibility to make the right call. This summer, make your job easier and your employees safer by implementing Mobile Inspection – contact us today to get started.