The summer heat creates more than a nuisance. Sweat ruins clothes and any attempt at meaningful grooming. And the high temperatures make everyone uncomfortable and irritable.
However, the consequences can be far more severe. Hot weather poses a serious health risk. Without taking proper precautions, prolonged exposure to the heat can lead to frightening consequences: nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, vomiting, fainting, and even death.
It’s up to you to help your industrial team get through the summer and keep cool in the heat. It should be part of your safety commitment. Meanwhile, making the best of the hottest days of the year also helps the bottom line. Keeping employees as cool as possible props up productivity and keeps output at reasonable levels.
Here are some ways you can keep your workers cool in the summer heat:
Fans and Air Conditioning
The best way to keep cool in heat is to get some mechanical help. Obviously, the installation of air conditioning can get prohibitively expensive. But floor units and fans can help take the edge off the hottest days.
Even these compromise solutions can lead to higher expenses, of course (both purchasing the equipment and the electricity cost of running them). But the extra expense will keep your workers safe and (relatively) comfortable on the hottest days, letting you make up some of the expense by maintaining normal productivity levels.
Even without reaching the health-risk stage, high temperatures can contribute to fatigue and reduced productivity. To avoid this, allow your workers increased break time during the hottest days of the year. It will help you sustain the highest possible level of output, despite the negative conditions.
Meanwhile, adding more breaks will also help you avoid the most serious dangers of hot weather. Your workers are less likely to develop heat exhaustion or heat stroke if their days become less strenuous.
Provide a Cooling Station
Even if it isn’t possible to keep your entire facility cool, you can focus on individual rooms and limited areas. These form cooling stations; places people can find relief from the high temperatures.
Whether it’s a break room, or the back offices, make sure you have someplace where people can go to cool down. Stock the area with water and direct your team to escape there for brief breaks if the heat gets too overwhelming.
The health dangers from high temperatures can develop quickly, and you can’t monitor everyone’s status on your own. As such, you need to empower your employees to look out for themselves. They should be able to identify the symptoms of heat-related illness, and take the necessary steps to get help to effectively keep cool in heat.
Educate your employees about what to look out for. Make frequent announcements and display informational posters. Allow your employees to use their own judgment if they think the situation has turned dangerous.
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