Summer heat is nothing to joke about. When you don’t have the luxury of air conditioning in your shipyard, it can feel even more brutal. As an employee, it’s imperative you take time to prepare yourself for the hot summer temperatures that can affect you on the job. This is especially true when you’re working in tight spaces or using tools. Here are some tips to keep you safe this summer in the shipyard.
Take a Break
Life is not a competition. You don’t win a prize at the end if you push past your physical limits on the job. It may feel like you need to put in extra time or do more just to make the right impression on your management team, but don’t do it at the expense of your health. Your body can only do so much, especially as the temperatures rise. Instead, take breaks to cool down. This will help you stay more productive when you’re back on task. Your supervisor can provide more guidance on where to go that’s safe and cool.
Dehydration is no joke. Severe forms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke can land you in the hospital. Make sure you have a bottle of water with you at all times. It may be helpful to invest in a reusable bottle that you’ll remember to take with you at all time. If you’re already overheated, drinking an entire bottle of ice-cold water may not be your best bet either. Drink in sips and seek medical attention.
Working outside requires a different dress code than employees in an office setting. Clothes that wick moisture away from the body will help you stay cool outside. Wearing a hat will also help you avoid sun damage on your scalp and face.
Get Out of the Sun
Sunburn is also a major concern, along with heat stroke. You will feel negative effects if you’re baking in the sun all day without protection. Make sure you have a retreat to get out of the sun whenever possible. While you are out in the sun, be sure to wear sun screen and reapply frequently to protect your skin.
Know What to Look For
You do have a safety team to rely on, but you also need to be able to notice the sings of heat exhaustion in yourself. You shouldn’t force yourself to power through. If you do feel dizzy or tired, take a break. Get out of the sun and sip water. If you don’t fee like you’re recovering, say something to your supervisor.
Are you prepared for working in the summer heat? Contact Hutco to learn more today.