A heat safety plan is critical for tradesmen and subcontractors during the hot summer months.

Understanding how to work safely in the heat can prevent serious health issues and keep manpower productive and safe.

X3 has developed a heat safety plan that all our partners and Talent can implement in less than 24 hours. In fact, every construction site can benefit greatly from this plan. Our heat safety plan highlights three critical areas of safety:

  1. Three daily reminders.
  2. How to recognize and respond to heat-related illnesses.
  3. The importance of sharing this safety plan.

Importance of Heat Safety in Construction

Tradesmen face extreme heat during the Summer, making heat safety a critical aspect of job site health protocols.

Arizona frequently experiences temperatures over 107 degrees Fahrenheit, with highs often reaching over 110 degrees in Phoenix. Utah and Colorado also see high summer temperatures, often reaching the 90s and 100s.

These high temperatures pose severe risks to anyone working outdoors. Exposure to high temperatures without proper preparation can lead to serious health issues such as heat stroke and dehydration. A robust heat safety plan is essential for maintaining a healthy and efficient workforce in these harsh conditions.

Three Daily Reminders

We developed three key reminders that tradesmen, site supervisors, and construction companies can focus on and generate awareness of on their job sites.

  1. Prepare: Personal preparation is the first line of defense against heat-related illnesses. Workers should wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing for better air circulation and reduce heat absorption. Wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are essential to protect against harmful UV rays and minimize heat exposure.
  2. Recover: Regular breaks in shaded areas are crucial to prevent overheating and heat stroke. We encourage our partners and other employers to ensure that shaded rest areas are readily available and encourages manpower to take frequent breaks, especially during peak heat hours. Shade helps cool down the body and provides an opportunity to hydrate.
  3. Hydrate: Staying hydrated is vital. Workers should drink 24-32 ounces of water every hour to maintain hydration levels. Dehydration can set in quickly in hot conditions, so having a constant water supply and reminding manpower and co-workers to drink regularly is critical.

Recognizing and Responding to Heat-Related Illnesses

Being aware of the symptoms of heat-related illnesses can save lives. Common symptoms include confusion, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, disorientation, extreme thirst, and dark-colored urine.

If you recognize someone with any of these symptoms, act immediately by moving the affected person to a cooler area, provide water, and seek medical attention if necessary. Prompt recognition and response can prevent serious health issues and ensure the safety and well-being of tradesmen.

 

30-30-30 Rule

The 30-30-30 rule doesn’t have to be about checking your surroundings for safety hazards. Use the 30-30-30 this Summer by checking on yourself and your co-workers.

 

Sharing the Heat Safety Plan

We must all do our part if we want to emphasize the importance of heat safety and reduce the risk of illness or death.

The heat safety plan must be actively shared and discussed during morning huddles and safety meetings.

Bringing up a heat safety topic every week can reinforce its importance and keep these safety measures fresh in everyone’s mind. Distributing materials such as stickers and flyers can reinforce the message and keep heat safety at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

If you, your company, or your team can all make this a regular part of your safety protocols, you help protect your team and maintain a culture of safety.

 

Resources

We created a flyer you can distribute to employees and job site workers. We also have hard hat stickers as a reminder to everyone around you to practice heat safety.

We have also prepared a training to details this heat safety plan.

If you’d like us to drop off flyers or hard hat stickers to your offices, please request them here

If you’d like to receive a free training from an X3 Workforcing Advisor, please contact us.

 

In Summary

X3’s heat safety plan will help everyone focus on preparation, recovery, and hydration to keep tradesmen & employees safe in hot conditions.

Recognizing the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and knowing how to respond is equally important. Share this plan with your team to ensure everyone is informed and protected.

Lastly, consider integrating regular heat safety training sessions and providing accessible resources on job sites to keep your employees well-prepared and safe in all weather conditions.