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Tips for Working on Hot Days

Graham Marshall - Friday, June 01, 2012

With the onset of summer across the northern hemisphere, today is a timely date to remind all workers about the dangers associated with working in the heat.

Below is an image showing the heat index which highlights how the air temperature can feel when consideration is also given to the ambient humidity.

As the index shows, the working temperature can feel a lot hotter than the thermometre may be showing if you're working on a humid day.

In response to high temperatures, always always use the hierarchy of control to select the best possible control mechanisms when working outdoors on hot days.  These controls include:

+  Eliminate the hazard by canceling the work or re-scheduling to a cooler time of day (or cooler season);

+  Substitute the work by doing something else indoors in a cooler environment;

+  Engineer the environment to provide shade, air-moving fans or cooler units;

+  Administrate to ensure that plenty of water is drunk and regular rest breaks are taken in a cool spot;

+  Protect yourself with PPE using wide brimmed hats, long sleaved shirt and long pants, and sub block cream.







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