Many jobs require that your work outside or in another area without temperature control. If you work in such a position, summer can be one of the most dangerous times of the year due to heat-related illnesses.
OSHA explains that to protect yourself against heat-related illnesses, you should keep three important safety points in mind. When working in heat, remember water, rest and shade.
Exposure to excessive heat can quickly cause your body to dehydrate. Not only will the heat naturally have drying characteristics but also it will make you sweat and lose water from within your body. You must stay hydrated. You should always have access to fresh and clean water throughout your workday. Make sure you always have a water bottle on hand and drink even if you do not feel thirsty.
Heat can take a toll on the body. You may need additional rest breaks to get out of the sun. If your work is completely in the sun, you must have these breaks to avoid issues such as heat stroke. Make sure you do not skip any break, and when you have a break, move to a cooler area.
If possible, you should try to work in an area that provides you some shade from the direct rays of the sun. Not only will this provide protection from sunburn but also it will keep you out of the intense heat.
If you cannot work in a shaded area, you should take steps to provide your own protection. Wear a hat with a brim to shade your face. While you may want to wear less clothing, it may be best to wear long sleeves and pants to shade your skin. Just make sure that the clothing is thin and breathable. Finally, always wear sunscreen.