Even though we’re in the final few weeks of summer you can bet that Mother Nature will still be cranking up the heat and humidity throughout the San Joaquin Valley every day. If your job takes you outdoors, especially in construction, you understand how tough it is to work in the sun. You’ll want to be extra careful and observe some basic safety measures so you don’t end up in the emergency room. Now, OSHA has developed a Heat Safety App to mediate the basic safety measures of working during the heat.
Fortunately, the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) came up with a quick and easy way for workers to keep an eye on sun-safety. The Heat Safety app allows users to actively calculate the heat index for their particular job site and assess the danger level in real-time. The app is available for both Android and IPhone users.
The app also provides a detailed breakdown of OSHA’s three-point heat safety system: Water. Rest. Shade. Remembering some of these tips will be incredibly helpful in avoiding physical injury:
- Drink a glass of water every 15 minutes to completely rehydrate.
- Let your body acclimate to the temperature. Don’t jump immediately into 100-degree temperatures and long stretches of labor.
- Be sure to take water breaks in the shade, never in the sun.
- Dark clothing absorbs heat and humidity – where as much light colored clothing as possible.
- Beware of any heat-illness symptoms you or a co-worker may be experiencing.
Currently, OSHA has no standing regulations on working in extreme heat, but highly recommends their safety tips to both employers and workers.
If you’ve experienced a heat-related accident or injury at your work place, you could be entitled to compensation. For more information on this and other construction related accidents contact the Law Office of Rick D. Banks today. You can reach us at (559) 222-4891.