21.07.2006

Working Outdoors in Warm Climates

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.

The sun and heat aren't the only 'culprits' that affect employees during the
dog days of summer. Insects can be more than just a nuisance to those who work
outside - some can cause serious illnesses including Lyme disease and West Nile
Virus. Here are just a few protective measures to help avoid the sting and bite
so often inherent with outside work during the summer months.

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts; tuck pant legs into socks or boots.
  • Wear high boots or, at minimum, closed shoes that cover feet completely.
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin.
  • Get rid of sources of standing water to reduce mosquito breeding areas.

Employees in the construction, landscaping, forestry, farming, railroad, oil
field, park and wildlife management, and utility industries - to name a few -
are at increased risk of insect-related hazards. OSHA has more resource
information on these potential hazards and how to prevent them in an U.S.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration fact sheet covering:

  • Sun
  • Heat
  • Lyme Disease/Tick-Borne Diseases
  • Poison Ivy-Related Plants
  • West Nile Virus

More info


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