With warmer weather and longer work days for construction workers, it is important to be informed about simple measures that can provide for a safe and healthy workforce.
- Taking breaks in the shade or cool area will help from heat stress and heat stroke.
- Drink liquids that will hydrate you. Soda pop and coffee beverages can contribute to dehydration. Choose water, iced tea, lemonade and hydration drinks such as Gatorade.
- Be aware of additional traffic and people. Allow for slower traffic and delayed arrival times at your destination. Schools are out for summer and there will be more vehicles occupying the roads.
Summer Months Bring Holiday Celebrations
- The Fourth of July often brings fireworks and extra debris.
- Insure that you have fire extinguishers in handy areas to respond to fire and insure that the work site is free of debris.
- Camping is in full swing during the summer months. Insure that you watch out for increased pedestrian traffic.
- Pre-read the Tool Box Talk. Your comfort level and confidence will be higher if you know your topic.
- Discuss related tasks, work areas or events that make the Tool Box Talk relevant to your jobsite.
- Involve the workers by asking questions and input that drives discussion. Funding and support for this project has been provided by the State of Washington, Department of Labor & Industries.
Questions for discussion:
- Why is it important for me to increase my fluid intake during the summer?
- Traffic is increased due to additional visitors arriving in our region. What impact does this have on my job and safety?