Summer Safety Tips For Workplace
The summer months are here and it’s time to start thinking about your work environment. If you’re like most people, you probably have some questions about what kind of precautions you need to take during the summer. There are many things that could happen in the summertime, so there are several ways to prepare yourself for any possible situation.
Some of these include:
How do I keep myself from getting sick?
What are the best ways to cool off when it gets too hot?
Do I need to wear a special clothing or equipment? How much does it cost? What if I don’t have money for something?
When will my employer start letting me leave early so that I can enjoy the sun instead of working all day long?
Summer is coming and you might not feel ready. Here are some ideas on how to make sure you’re prepared for the summer.
1. Stay Hydrated
Water is one of the most important things to have around in the summer because it keeps your body hydrated and prevents dehydration. Water helps with cooling down, keeping your skin cool, maintaining good blood circulation and fighting off infections. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help prevent heat exhaustion which can lead to death in extreme cases.
2. Watch Out for Heat Stroke
Heat stroke is a very serious condition that happens when your body gets overheated. Your body gets so hot that it starts shutting down, and you can’t even think straight anymore. If you don’t treat it right away, heat stroke can lead to death.
While it’s important to stay hydrated, you also want to make sure you’re not working out in the sun too much. (source)
3. Wear Sunscreen
When most people think of sunscreen, they think of it as a summertime thing, but the sun can damage your skin even in the winter. The sun emits UVA and UVB rays that can cause skin cancer and premature aging. Even if you’re working in an air-conditioned building all day, you’re still exposed to the sun while you walk to and from work.
It’s best to wear sunscreen all year round to prevent wrinkles and age spots. (source)
4. Check the Weather
You should always check the weather before you leave for work, but it’s even more important in the summertime. You need to know if there are any incoming storms so you’ll know whether you need to rush to get to work on time or if you have time to take your usual slow walk. There’s nothing worse than getting caught in the rain without an umbrella!
5. Stay Inside
Of course, if the heat and sun are really getting to be too much for you, you can always stay inside and work from home. If your company allows it, that is. You might be surprised by how much work you can get done without even leaving your house.
It’s also a great way to save on commuting costs! (source)
6. Ask Your Boss About Early Dismissal
During really hot days, it might be in everyone’s best interest if you’re allowed to leave work early. You wouldn’t want anyone to get heat stroke or become sick. If your boss is unwilling to let you go home early, it might help if you explain that it’ll ultimately save the company money with less people missing work due to heat-related illness and lower electricity bills with fewer people working at the same time.
7. Stand Up While Working
Your body produces more heat when you’re sitting still for long periods of time and your muscles go into a relaxed state. When you’re working at a computer, it’s easy to get stuck in this position for many hours. However, you can lower your body’s temperature by getting up and moving around every hour or so.
Even standing up to do little things like getting a drink can help. (source)
Hopefully you won’t experience the negative effects of working in a blazing hot office, but if you do, you’ll now be prepared with these tips. Stay cool out there!
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