Summertime is not often thought of as a dangerous time of the year. Usually, winter with snow and hail and icy streets is considered to be the more fraught with peril. However, in extreme heat, summer can be just as dangerous if not more so. Many people do not pay attention to their lack of hydration throughout the day, and the heat can come upon your quite quickly. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body has been exposed to heat, especially direct sunlight, to such an extent that it cannot cool off before it must deal with more heat being soaked up by the body. Just like with a car engine, if enough heat is developed that the body is not able to offset any of it, then the person will most likely pass out. That is why it is so important to keep cold water on hand in summertime.
Sometimes, employees are tempted to drink alcohol in the summertime at work because of the nice cold wetness of the beer and so forth. However, this is a misconception. While the beer will cool your body off, temperature wise, all alcohol has a drying effect upon the tissues. In essence, it will temporarily cool your tissues, but it will have a longer lasting dehydrating effect upon you, which will lead to dangerous conditions if left in the sun for any longer period of time.
If your employees have outdoor work to be done, cool them off with iced juice, water, or flavored spritzers. Avoid indulging in alcohol consumption while on the worksite. Call CMM Technology today in order to find out more about drug testing in Western Australia. If someone is not fit for duty, you need to know about it. Oral fluid drug tests and breathalyser devices, including our LifeLoc FC10, are just the thing to evaluate your outdoor workers. You have to make sure they are not dealing with the heat in sabotaging ways, after all. Responsibility is the key to asset management, and you must look after your business, as well as the safety of your other workers. For more info, call CMM Technology today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.