Summer Workplace Safety

Summer is almost upon us, and that will mean hotter temperatures on the job.

Many workers spend their day outside or in environments that are affected by the summer heat.  Additional attention of Workplace Safety Policies during this time of year should be given to Heat Stress/Exhaustion/Stroke. OSHA has published resources on their website specifically for heat related injuries, including: prevention, recognition and treatment.  StaffScapes recommends that all employers review these resources with their employees. Recognizing the warning signs and taking quick action can prevent a fatality. Please educate yourself, and all others at your jobsite, to this dangerous and often overlooked hazard.   

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

  • Headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting.

  • Weakness and moist skin.

  • Mood changes such as irritability or confusion.

  • Upset stomach or vomiting.

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

  • Dry, hot skin with no sweating.

  • Mental confusion or losing consciousness.

  • Seizures or convulsions.

What to Do for Heat-Related Illness

  • Call 911 (or local emergency number) at once.

While waiting for help to arrive:

  • Move the worker to a cool, shaded area.

  • Loosen or remove heavy clothing.

  • Provide cool drinking water.

  • Fan and mist the person with water

OSHA Resource Page for Heat Related Injuries