Working outdoors is desirable for many reasons, including the fact that you get to spend your day in the fresh air. While there are times when the weather is comfortable, this clearly doesn’t always hold true during the hot summer months of Harrisburg.
When the temperature picks up, outdoor workers must take special precautions to avoid illness or injury.
Here are some tips to follow:
- Choose your clothing wisely: This is based largely on your profession, but if you have the option you need to choose light, loose fitting clothes that won’t soak up your sweat.
- Wear sunscreen: Even if you don’t have the tendency to burn in hot weather, you should still wear sunscreen to protect your skin. Not only does this help you now, but it can prevent the eventual development of skin cancer.
- Take regular breaks: You want to get the job done as quickly as possible, but you shouldn’t push yourself too hard. Load up on water and seek shade during your breaks.
- Beware of heat exhaustion: If you begin to suffer from a headache, confusion, a high temperature and lightheadedness, it’s possible you’re dealing with heat exhaustion. In this case, you need to get to a cooler place as soon as possible.
- Beware of insects: Insects can carry a variety of diseases, ranging from West Nile virus to Lyme disease. You can protect yourself with the regular application of bug spray.
It’s easy to say you’ll follow these tips, but much more difficult to actually do so. As your day gets started, you’ll turn your attention to the task at hand. This means you may not be thinking much about your health and well-being.
If you suffer an on-the-job injury, such as when you’re working outdoors, stop what you are doing and call for help. You should never try to “push through” with the idea of getting the job done.
Once you receive medical treatment, make sure your supervisor and/or HR department is aware of what happened. If you’re unable to return to work in the immediate future, consider the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim. You may be able to receive compensation for your injury or illness, thus giving you financial assistance until you can return to work in your previous capacity.