Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

Keeping Your Cool While Working This Summer

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How to Remain Serious About Safety All Year Round

As we enter into summer, the hottest and busiest season for construction companies, it is crucial to maintain proper heat safety while on the job.

Traffic Management, Inc. (TMI) is ready to launch our annual “Beat The Heat” campaign, promoting heat safety practices and educating all of our staff, especially Traffic Controllers on the dangers of working in extreme weather conditions during the summer.

Though sometimes it’s difficult to stay cool while working outdoors, all employees should avoid exposure to extreme heat, sun exposure, and high humidity as much as possible.

When these types exposures cannot be avoided, workers should take the following steps to prevent heat stress:
• Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing like cotton
• Avoid non-breathing synthetic clothing
• Gradually build up to heavy work
• Schedule heavy work during the coolest parts of the day
• Take more breaks in extreme heat and humidity
• Take breaks in the shade or a cool area when possible
• Drink water frequently -- approximately 8 oz every 15 minutes
• Avoid any beverages with large amounts of caffeine or sugar
• Monitor your physical condition and that of your coworkers for signs of heat illness

TMI is Serious About Safety, and heat safety is no different. By providing all of our employees with knowledge and resources -- such as heat illness awareness training, heat index calculators, water consumption guidelines, reusable water bottles, cooling towels, sunblock, electrolyte packets and more -- we are able to promote safety during the heat of summer and all year round!

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