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Beat The Heat! Heat Safety and Field Work

Posted on June 1st, 2022

With summer months upon us, heat safety is a high priority for all JMS staff and our subcontractors.  High heat, humidity, and direct sunlight all play a combining factor in how to properly operate in summer field conditions.  One of the most important things is to stay hydrated.  Make sure you have ample amounts of cool, drinkable water with you to replenish moisture lost to sweat.  OSHA recommends drinking a cup (8oz) of cool water every 20 minutes.  Heat related injuries are also prevented by wearing light clothing, seeking shade when possible (including the use of overhead canopies), and taking rest breaks as needed in cool areas.  Sunburn is the most common heat-related injury, but it is also the most easily prevented by wearing sunscreen and loose-fitting long clothing.

To help prepare for summer field work during hot days, OSHA offers an extremely helpful smartphone app, the OSHA/NIOSH Heat Safety Tool. The app gives real-time information and updates on how to prepare for heat, recommendations for how to stay cool and hydrated within regulation and shows signs and symptoms for various heat related illnesses.  The OSHA/NIOSH Heat Safety Tool can be found in both the App Store and Google Play store, and can also be downloaded here: https://www.osha.gov/heat/heat-app

JMS will always use the utmost precaution when working in severe outdoor conditions, while ensuring that the scope of work is completed as efficiently and safely as possible.  Contact us today at (908) 218-0066 or email consult@jmsorge.com to see how we can help your projects along throughout the summer and beyond.

 

Elyse Peterson
Project Scientist


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