When you’re spending time outdoors in the sun your body will naturally cool itself by sweating. However, during the hot weather sweating isn’t enough, especially when dealing with high humidity. Heat related illnesses can occur if you’ve been exposed to the sun for too long and are often accompanied by dehydration. Some symptoms can include heat exhaustion and stroke, seizures, confusion, disorientation, loss of consciousness, and even death.
Safety is the highest priority at Weitz and keeping employees protected is always at the top of mind during the hot weather months.
“One of the most important steps Weitz takes is to have a hot/severe weather plan in place,” said Norm Sunderman, Weitz Safety Manager, “On the jobsites we provide water that’s readily available, tinted safety eyewear, areas where employees can cool down, break trailers, shaded areas and an increase in the number of breaks. If the job allows we also try to start earlier in the morning when it’s the coolest time of the day.”
Read Norm’s sun protection safety tips in the following graphic: