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5 tips for staying cool in the heat for construction workers

Updated Sep 13, 2019

How construction workers can stay cool in the heat

When the temperature and humidity rise, so do the risks of heat-related illnesses and even death. In fact, heat is the leading weather-related cause of death in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 39 workers died of heat-related illnesses in 2016.

Here’s what you can do to stay cool in the heat, according to OSHA and the Center for Construction Research and Training:

  • Drink 8 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.
  • Take frequent breaks in a cool, shaded or air-conditioned area.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored, breathable clothing.
  • Consider cooling vests, bandanas, hats and other personal protective equipment that reduce heat stress.
  • Get trained on heat hazards and heat-illness prevention (your employer should provide this) and keep an eye out for coworkers showing signs of heat stress.

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