Here is what Kilmarnock Enterprise means about Health and Safety being the #1 Priority
July 13, 2016
Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Eastern Ontario with humidex temperatures expected to range between 38°C and 42°C.
With this being said, please take the time to plan for the weather by wearing lighter clothing, having lots of non-caffeinated fluids available, keeping hydrated and performing your JHA’s with special attention being given to extreme weather and your specific working location environment. Be sure to communicate this information with the entire team in your morning huddle/ Toolbox meetings.
General guidelines to prevent heat-related illnesses or injuries:
- Drink plenty of fluids. (a minimum of 4 oz. of water every 20 minutes) THAT’ 1 CUP or ½ x 500mL WATER BOTTLE EVERY 20 MINITES
- Stay away from caffeinated drinks or high energy drinks. These beverages will dehydrate your body as they are diuretics.
- Adjust your schedule to do strenuous work during the cooler parts of the day if possible. Before 11:00 am
- If on medication, check with your doctor or pharmacist about possible heat related side effects.
- Find shade or an air-conditioned space for breaks. If required use an air conditioned truck.
- Inform your supervisor if you start to develop signs or symptoms of heat illnesses and get treatment before it develops into a serious illness.
- Plan ahead, set-up break schedules and look out for each other.
NEVER IGNORE ANYONE’S SYMPTOMES DESPITE YOUR HUMIDEX MEASUREMENTS
Recommended reaction plan for various humidex ratings