WATER REST SHADE
Remember those three words.
As we approach the hottest and most humid months of the year, please take into consideration a couple of things unique to you:
- How physically fit are you?
- Do you have any underlying medical issues?
- Are you on medication that may make you less tolerant of high temperatures?
- How physically demanding are the tasks you are performing.
No matter if you are performing your job here at MSD, working in your yard at home, on the ball field or maybe even out on the lake, it is important to stay hydrated.
Drink a lot of water!
Do not just take a drink of water when you feel thirsty. The general rule of activity in high temp conditions is around 8 ounces of water every 20 minutes.
*If your on-leisure time, its best to avoid excess alcoholic beverages and caffeine. *
Water or sports drinks with electrolytes will keep you going!
Take your breaks!
Do not work through your break time. You need those breaks to cool your body temperature down and to drink that water.
Find some Shade!
I understand finding shade on a jobsite may not be possible; it may be that you will have to come up with a plan with your supervisor if you are at higher risk for heat-related illness.
That could be as simple as working in a different area at the peak of temperatures or using something approved to shield you from the sun’s direct path.
If you are working out in the yard, wear a hat.
If you are on the ballfield, take an umbrella and maybe a spray bottle to mist when the heat is intense.
If your out on the lake, hammer down and get some wind through your hair (if you still have any), or jump in the water and cool off.
The Safety Department of MSD hope you will have one of the best summers ever!
Phil Smith & Lindsey Baker