For companies such as A1 Orange, where many team members spend hours each day in the heat and under the scorching sun, it’s important to review heat safety rules regularly. Here is a PDF version of these OSHA Heat Safety Tips that you can post where your workers can see them daily.
Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol – Caffeine and alcohol contribute to dehydration due to their diuretic effect. Avoid or limit caffeine when working outside, especially during the hot summer months.
Drink Water Often – Do not wait until you are thirsty to take a break and drink water. You should be drinking small amounts of water frequently to avoid dehydration. Two to four cups of water every hour — every 15 minutes is recommended by OSHA.
Limit Work During Middle of the Day – If possible, work outside in the morning or late evenings when the temperature is not as high.
Take Breaks – Take breaks to rest in the shade every couple of hours to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Wear the Appropriate Clothing – Wear light colored, lose-fitting clothing, eye protection, sunscreen, and a hat when working outside.
Learn the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke – Watch for these signs in yourself and in your co-workers.
- Signs of Heat Exhaustion*: Dizziness, headache, sweaty skin, weakness, cramps, nausea and/or vomiting and fast heart beat
Signs of Heat Stroke*: Red, hot, dry skin, high temperature, confusion, convulsions and fainting