You have a job to get done and you’re not going to let the unrelentless sun stop you. Sound like you? One thing to keep in mind is if you end up becoming ill from the heat, you’re putting yourself, your crew, and your client in a much worse position than if you would have just followed the rules of S-U-M-M-E-R to beat the heat and complete the job safely.
Stay alert. Keep an eye on fellow co-workers and know the signs of a heat stroke. If a co-worker seems disoriented, take it seriously and call 9-1-1.
Up your water intake. Drink lots of water. We keep our trucks loaded down with plenty of bottled water for our crews to stay hydrated throughout the day while on the job. OSHA recommends drinking water every 15 minutes even if you are not thirsty.
Make attempts to avoid peak hours. The best way to beat the heat is to get an early start. This will help you get a bulk of your work accomplished before the afternoon sun scorches you.
Model the right attire. Depending on your company's dress code, you may or may not have much control here. But when possible, wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Eat healthy. Consider packing. Your diet will greatly affect how you feel and function while working in the summer heat. Choosing fruits and vegetables over greasy fast food will improve your performance and help you feel your best.
Rest. That means take frequent breaks. Stop periodically throughout your shift for water breaks. In fact, if you can find a spot in the shade you'll get the most out of your break. Don't be afraid to speak up with the heat is getting to you.
Heat stroke or heat illness is no joke. Take care of yourself on the job and look out for your fellow co-workers. Safety first so everyone can go home at night.