This has been a very hot summer. While most are enjoying some summer time fun in the sun, others have one of the hottest jobs there is, roofing. Spending the whole day up on a hot roof, in the blazing sun, with no shade or relief, is obviously no picnic. But more important, it’s downright dangerous.
An extremely hot and humid work environment is not only uncomfortable, it can lead to fatigue and poor judgement. This is why it’s especially important for roofing contractors to implement a comprehensive heat-stress program.
The key elements to a heat-stress program are sufficient rest and proper hydration. Additionally, employees should avoid performing excessive physical activities outdoors before going to work, and to avoid showing up at the job site already overheated and exhausted.
Heat-related illness is a serious risk in the roofing industry, which is why it should be taken seriously. A little common sense along with these tips will help you avoid its debilitating effects.
To help prevent work-related heat illnesses, pay attention to the weather predictions. If high heat and humidity are in the forecast, ensure you have a plan in place to combat the heat’s harmful effects.
By recognizing the signs of heat stress and its symptoms at their onset, and following these simple guidelines, you can help ensure your employees will be safe on the job and minimize heat-related illness while on the job.