Safety & Health News

Protect Yourself From Summer Sun

Journal: APRIL - MAY 2002

It’s that time of year again when temperatures soar and work picks up. Each year many construction workers become ill or die due to heat stress. Don’t become a statistic — protect yourself this summer.

According to the Center to Protect Workers’ Rights’ Hazard Alert “Heat Stress in Construction,” becoming over-heated can increase your chances of injury and result in:

  • Dehydration
  • Cramps
  • Heat exhaustion and fainting
  • Heat stroke, which can kill you.

Here are some ways that you can protect yourself:

The following are types of ergonomics changes:

  • Drink plenty of water all day (don’t wait until you feel thirsty) —CPWR recommends drinking a cup of water (5 to 7 ounces) every 15 minutes
  • Take rests in cool, shady spots
  • Try to do the heaviest work in the coolest time of the day
  • Work in the shade if possible.

Source: AFL-CIO Safety & Health Department

If you think someone working with you has heat stroke,  don’t wait — call for help, move the person to the shade, loosen his/her clothes, wipe his/her face with cool water, and fan the person.

Also remember to use sunscreen — it’s a simple way to protect against skin cancer.

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