The August weather in much of the U.S. brings on some high temps and some high humidity. At redbox+ we know how hard our customers work and we see you and the job site crew getting after it. We see it every week and every day and hope a small reminder on how to avoid heat-related illness might be just what you need as we head into the “dog days” of summer.
Based on data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the following offers a few tips for workers:
- Drink water or other liquids frequently enough to never become thirsty (about 1 cup every 15–20 minutes). Hydration is the most important tool in preventing heat-related illness, and workers should try to be well-hydrated before arriving at work.
- Eat during lunch and other rest breaks. Food helps replace lost electrolytes.
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as cotton.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat when possible.
- Take breaks in the shade or a cool area when possible.
- Be aware that protective clothing or personal protective equipment may increase the risk of heat stress.
- Monitor your physical condition and that of coworkers
So…go grab yourself a water, remember to eat lunch, look for shade during breaks and watch out for each other. We sure do!
In fact, that’s why many of our redbox+ drivers carry a cooler with extra water in it. You never know on a drop or pick when someone on the job site might just need a cold water. Who better to have a couple extra waters than the roll-off container company that prides itself on bringing a little extra service to every job site.
Stay safe and thanks for your business.