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SAFETY MOMENT: Hydrate in the Heat

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  • Kyle Black 

With safety as our number one core value, we are always watching out for each other.  We want to make sure that at the end of every work day, our team goes home to their families – why we work safe.  With warm weather upon us, we are careful to make sure everyone is hydrated and not working with undo stress due to heat and dehydration.  Heat illness can inch in and then escalate quickly into a serious health issue. 

According to OSHA/NIOSH the warning signs of heat exhaustion are:

  • Cool, moist skin
  • Heavy sweating
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • Weakness
  • Thirst
  • Irritability
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Decreased urine output

The driving message from OSHA to avoid heat illness is Water. Rest. Shade

  • Water equals hydration and a good rule of thumb according to OSHA is 4 cups per hour of water when the heat index is high working outside. 
  • Take periodic breaks and get a good night’s sleep.
  • Find a shady spot to rest when outside for long work sessions.

With summer projects, home improvements and outdoor fun we can all benefit from this message to stay hydrated and safe in warm weather.  It starts with one.  You can make a difference.