Provide Ample Hydration
Encourage your warehouse workers to drink lots of water throughout the day and provide access to cold beverages. For those who work outside, encourage them to carry enough fluids with them or refill their reusable water bottle often.
Take Rest Breaks Regularly
Allow for frequent breaks so that workers can cool off and rehydrate. If possible, encourage them to take a rest period in a shaded area or cool off with a fan. You might even offer frozen towels to help them cool down.
Encourage your workers to dress in light, loose-fitting clothes that are breathable and moisture-wicking. Avoid any synthetic fabrics and tight clothing as they can trap heat. If you’re working outdoors, choose lightweight, breathable clothing with a wide-brimmed hat that covers your head and face in order to protect them from the sun’s heat.
Monitor the Temperature
Pay attention to both indoor and outdoor temperatures and be aware of any changes in warehouse conditions. For example, if the temperature increases significantly, it may be wise to move work outdoors or reduce workloads until you can establish a cooler environment.
Make sure your employees know the signs of heat stroke and how to prevent it. Provide education on the importance of proper hydration, rest, and dressing appropriately for summer conditions in the workplace.
Alter Your Hours
If possible, have your workers work in the cooler parts of the day to help reduce their risk of heat stroke. This could mean starting earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon when temperatures are lower.
Install Fans or Air Conditioners
Installing fans or air conditioners in the workplace can help keep temperatures more comfortable and reduce the risk of heat stroke. It’s important to make sure these are in good working order and that there is adequate ventilation and air circulation.
Basic First Aid Treatment
If someone is showing signs of heat stroke, it’s important to take action quickly. Move them to a cool place indoors or out in the shade, remove any unnecessary clothing or accessories, apply cold water or ice to their skin, and, if possible, have them drink cool liquids. If symptoms persist, contact emergency services immediately. It is paramount that you act quickly and seek emergency medical assistance. Furthermore, monitor the individual’s condition until help arrives.