It is hot outside. States across the country have been seeing record-setting temperatures this summer and it is impacting workers who have to work outside.
Some states like Arizona and Nevada are used to seeing triple digits in the summer. But states like Oregon and Washington are also seeing temperatures in the triple digits. The problem is that these places are not used to it. Many buildings don’t have air conditioners for construction workers, so there is no escaping the heat. But work must go on so here are some tips to stay safe and cool while working in the extreme heat.
The most important thing to do when working in the heat is to constantly hydrate. That means drinking plenty of water and avoiding drinks full of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. When working in the heat, always choose to drink water or beverages with electrolytes. Make sure to bring extra water on the job site so that you always have plenty of it.
Some construction jobs allow workers to prop up tents or umbrellas for shade. But not all can do so. So, always wear hats, visors, sunglasses, or a bandanna. It also helps to put a cool rag under hats or hard hats to keep your body temperature cool. Try to take breaks in the shade areas if possible.
When working in the sun, always wear plenty of sunscreen and keep reapplying it throughout the day. Also, bring a portable fan or misters if you can.
It helps to try to eat as healthy as you can on days that you are working outside including balanced meals full of fruits and vegetables for energy. Also, getting plenty of rest and sleep the night before will help you from getting too tired in the heat.
If you are working on a construction project and you have any questions you should always speak with an Arizona construction lawyer. That means from drafting a contract to reviewing a contract, or dealing with any type of contract dispute, a construction lawyer will be there for you to help every step of the way.