Work Smart

Have a “Buddy System” to keep an eye on co-workers for symptoms of heat illness such as crankiness and denial.

Increase breaks if:

  • Conditions are very hot
  • High exertion levels
  • Protective clothing limits evaporative cooling

Alternate heavy work with light work when possible, when possible, schedule the hardest work for the cooler parts of the day. If possible, find a way to work in the shade or out of direct sunlight. When working in direct sunlight, wear protective clothing and/or sunscreen to avoid getting sunburned. Proper clothing for working in the heat can include light colored, light weight and nature fibers etc. If you have excess PPE and excess clothing on while working in the heat, it is ok and important to remove them during your breaks to help you stay cool.