Summer workplace hazards

One of our goals at Conductor Orchestrating Training is to mitigate workplace accidents by enabling easy and thorough employee training. But when it comes to workplace safety, one factor many don’t consider is how season changes factor in. Especially if your employees work outdoors, you will face different hazards in the summer than in the winter. Here are some risks to be aware of as we move into the heat of summer.

Heat-induced illness

If your employees are working outside, they are susceptible to dehydration, overheating, and other issues exacerbated by hot temperatures and direct sunlight. Give your employees regular breaks; at least five minutes every hour. Provide shade and water or cold popsicles to help them lower their body temperature. Remind them to protect themselves by wearing sunscreen and a broad-brimmed hat. Make sure they recognize the signs of dehydration or overheating so they can recognize the symptoms in themselves or their coworkers.

For example, they might be dehydrated if they feel dizzy, extremely tired or have a sudden headache. Symptoms they can watch out for in others are sunken eyes, rapid breathing or a rapid heart rate.

Stress from overworking

Summer is a popular time for employees to request time off to go on vacation. While a short summer vacation works wonders for these employees’ mental wellbeing, it can leave your other employees stressed as they compensate for the reduced manpower. Carefully document time-off requests so you don’t end up understaffed. The fairest method for handling this is to grant requests on a first-come, first-serve basis. Be on the lookout for employees who are working extra hard to take on the tasks of their absent coworkers. Recognizing their efforts will alleviate their stress and improve office moral.

Use these tips to ensure that your employees—and thus, your business—continue to thrive throughout the summer season.