Safety Tip: Prevent Heat Exhaustion as Summer Approaches
- On 1 June 2015
- Posted by Chantal Mariotti
Managers’ responsibility to keep employees safe from heat exhaustion. With summer already off to a start, we can expect to see high temperatures very soon. As a manager, implement specific strategies to ensure your employees are not being exposed to heat stress while at work. Reduce workers compensation and improve your company’s compliance by introducing basic guidelines for your employees to abide by when working under harsh weather conditions.
Avoid workers compensation claims. There are many different heat problems that can occur in the workplace, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke – which is the most dangerous of all. This is especially important if you have employees working outside in harsh temperatures. Heat cramps might be more common amongst employees, but that can often be remedied by getting out of the heat, stretching the affected muscles, drinking water, and replacing essential electrolytes. Taking necessary precautions can help companies avoid workers compensation claims.
Reduce your exposure to workers compensation claims. Ensure that your working environment is suitable for your employees to work in so they’re not at risk for any heat related problems. Employees who experience heat exhaustion or any other related problems while at work can increase the likelihood of workers compensation claims. Educating employees on how to handle these situations can help prevent any liabilities against the company.
Monitor your staff by offering additional breaks if needed. Allowing short breaks throughout employees’ shifts can allow them to stay hydrated and relaxed, in turn reducing the possibility of injury or illness related to hot temperatures. Keeping an eye on your employees and communicating with them can give you a better understanding of how they’re dealing with the heat. Take note of any employees who may have an underlying health condition or are showing signs of heat stress.
Don’t let the heat overcome your employees; keep them hydrated. Make sure your employees are drinking an adequate amount of water while at work. Drinking fluids regularly throughout their work day can prevent problems such as heat exhaustion and heat cramps from arising. Make water accessible for your employees, whether through a stationary water dispenser or with bottled water.