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.

Acclimate yourself:

  • 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.

Stay calm:

  • 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.

Stay hydrated:

  • 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.

Stay informed:

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.

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