Safe work reminders as extreme heat continues
Extreme heat can be deadly. During this period of continued extreme heat, review these tips for avoiding heat-related illnesses while working on campus and at home.
- If you’re new to a job or returning to work after a long absence, take time to acclimatize.
- Start with a light workload and gradually increase work time and effort over one to two weeks.
- New workers need more time to acclimatize to high temperatures than returning workers.
- Pay close attention to how you feel.
- Additional Resource: NIOSH Acclimatization Fact Sheet.
- Take breaks in cool places out of the sun.
- Reduce work times and increase rest times. Additional Resource: NIOSH Work/Rest Schedules Fact Sheet.
- Schedule outdoor work and activities for early morning or late evening.
- Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting, quick-drying clothing.
- Wear sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Drink water before and after work.
- Drink 1 cup of water every 15-20 minutes during work activity. Don’t wait to be thirsty.
- Eat small meals throughout the day for salt, electrolytes and essential minerals.
- Drink sports drinks in moderation.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks.
- Do not drink more than 48 oz. (1½ liters) per hour.
- Additional resource: NIOSH Hydration Fact Sheet.
To stay together:
- Do not work alone; use the buddy system.
- Check in regularly with the person(s) you work with.
- Pay particular attention to new workers and those who pose a higher risk.
For more information, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Heat Stress website.