For construction companies that work in the heat, safety training becomes a critical part of the operation. The right program and training can help workers work efficiently and safely in the warmer temperatures.
For instance, Western Specialty Contractors has a heat illness training program and a safety hotline that for its employees working in hotter temperatures. This training provides tips about how the heat can impact the body, identifying the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses, and what to do if a coworker is experiencing heat-related illness.
The company also has supervisors and safety managers monitor the heat index so that the proper protective measures can be taken.
Some of the top tips offered by Western Specialty Contractors includes:
- Drink enough water that you never become thirsty
- Wear light-colored and breathable clothes
- Wear safety glasses and brimmed hard hats
- Gradually build up to the heavy work
- Take more breaks
- Eat healthier foods
- Keep an eye on coworkers
- Check urine frequency and color throughout the day
With some of these best practices in place and good training programs, construction professionals can take the proper precautions to reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses.