Team Member Safety In Summer

A male construction worker in protective clothing and a helmet, is drinking water to quench his thirst in the harsh sunlight.

In summer, construction industry leadership must closely track weather conditions to ensure team members are properly protected on job sites. Increases in temperature and humidity greatly heighten the risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heat stress or heat stroke.

Follow these guidelines to keep team members safe during the summer.

Stay Hydrated

  • Drink water every 15-20 minutes
  • Ensure clean water is available in all work areas
  • Encourage team members to bring refillable water bottles
  • Maintain a proper diet to help your body function well

Take Breaks

  • Take a 5-minute break if you feel overheated
  • Find a shady spot
  • Rotate team members through jobs exposed to the heat
  • Rest to help your body recover + recharge

Wear the Appropriate Clothing

  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing
  • Wear breathable, moisture-absorbent clothing
  • Avoid wearing dark colored clothing
  • Use visors on hardhats
  • Wear sunglasses, sunscreen

Provide Proper Training

  • Know the symptoms of a team member in distress
  • Err on the side of caution
  • Take care of yourself + other team members
  • Have a Heat Injury Emergency Plan