Even if you work outdoors year-round, the summer months present unique health and safety dangers. It is important to take precautions against exposure to sun, heat and bug bites when working outside during these next few months. Your volunteers and employees are your responsibility...provide proper training to avoid hazards at your upcoming events and activities.
Protect against the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays:
- Cover up - wear lightweight, tightly woven clothing that you can't see through
- Use sunscreen - a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 blocks 93% of UV rays
- Wear a hat - this helps to protect your neck, ears, forehead, nose and scalp
- Wear UV-absorbent shades - sunglasses should block 99-100% of UVA and UVB radiation
The combination of heat and humidity can be a serious health threat during the summer months. To beat the heat:
- Drink plenty of water
- Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing (such as dry-fit material)
- Eat smaller meals before work activity
- Skip the caffeine and soda - drinking water is best for avoiding dehydration
- Be aware that equipment such as respirators or work suits can increase heat stress
If you're working in tall grass or wooded areas, take the following precautions to protect yourself from ticks:
- Wear light-colored clothing so that you are able to see ticks more easily
- Wear long sleeves and long pants
- Tuck pant legs into socks or boots
- Wear high boots or closed shoes that cover your feet completely
- Wear a hat
- Use tick repellents, but not on your face
- Wash and dry your work clothes at high temperatures
Examine your body for ticks after being outside. Remove any attached ticks promptly with a tweezers. In some regions, ticks may transmit Lyme disease. If you get bit and develop a rash, see your doctor immediately.
INSECT BITES & STINGS
Bee, wasp, hornet and yellow jack stings are typically only dangerous to those who are allergic or have been stung multiple times.
- Wear bug repellent
- Avoid wearing heavy perfumes or scented lotions
- Check before drinking cups, bottles or cans - stinging insects are attracted to sweet drinks
Keep employees and volunteers safe by providing them with these precautions.
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