Summer is Here - Remember These Tips When Working in Hot and Humid Conditions

Posted June 8, 2015

The summer season is here and with it comes added heat and humidity, making working outside a potentially serious problem if you don't take the right steps to handle the situation. Even some who work inside, like kitchen staff, manufacturing associates and warehouse employees, need to remain aware of excessive heat lest their on the job performance suffers – or worse. The chances of workplace accidents or even health-related issues increase when working in excessive heat; not everyone gets the benefit of a comfortable, air-conditioned office.

With that in mind, here are a few tips to better handle a hot and humid summer on the job.

Be Sure to Wear Loose-Fitting Clothing

Loose-fitting clothing definitely helps prevent prickly heat and heat rash when working hard in a warm and humid environment. Check out certain types of athletic wear that help keep the body cooler during periods of heavy exertion. Make sure you fully research the items, however, as some kinds of synthetic clothing exacerbate the retention of heat.

Drink Copious Amounts of Fluids

It is absolutely vital that your body gets all the liquid it needs when working in humid conditions. Because of this, make sure you drink plenty of fluids to give your body a chance to cool off. At least one cup of water every 20 minutes during periods of high exertion is a good benchmark, and sports drinks, like Gatorade, also replenish other vital minerals your body needs when working hard.

It goes without saying that alcoholic drinks while on the job are never a good idea – especially in hot weather!

Get Regular Exercise

Living a healthy lifestyle, which includes regular exercise and a well-balanced diet, definitely helps your work-related performance during summer weather. Additionally, check with your doctor to make sure your body can take the extra exertion required in very humid conditions. For additional information on preventing heat-related health problems, check out this guide from the Centers of Disease Control.

Be Aware Of Your Physical Signs

While you can do everything mentioned earlier in the article, there is only so much you can do to prevent physical stress. When you do get a chance to take a break, find a way to go into a temperate location and allow your body temperature to cool down. While you might not feel like you need it, your body definitely will appreciate that cooler setting.

If you are feeling overwhelmed physically, talk to your supervisor. Don’t take advantage of this situation but your supervisor will respect you if you are being honest with them.

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