06/17/2005

Tips for Working in Hot Weather

Hot summer months pose special hazards for outdoor workers who must protect
themselves against heat, sun exposure, and other hazards. Employers and
employees should know the potential hazards in their workplaces and how to
manage them.

To help employers and workers stay safe throughout the summer months, the
US-American OSHA offers tips that can help prevent heat-related deaths,
illnesses and injuries. Working Outdoors is an OSHA fact sheet that offers
advice on ways to protect against exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV),
precautions to take if working in extreme heat, and how to protect against Lyme
Disease and West Nile Virus. The fact sheet also offers information links for
teenagers working at summer jobs.

The most important things to do to protect against sun are:


  • Cover up. Wear tightly woven clothing that you can't see through.
  • Use sunscreen. A sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 blocks 93 percent
    of UV rays. Be sure to follow application directions on the bottle or tube.
  • Wear a hat. A wide brim hat, not a baseball cap, works best because it
    protects the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp.
  • Wear UV-absorbent shades. Sunglasses don't have to be expensive, but they
    should block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation. Before you buy, read
    the product tag or label.
  • Limit exposure. UV rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Further Information:


AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration