With vernal air flowing to mark an end to the winter chill, it is soon going to be summertime. Summertime is not a respite from the winter chill altogether, it is the beginning of another set of worries and sunny issues. With the sun at its tormenting best, summertime can spell trouble for most people.
Summers can be particularly difficult for Industrial workers who keep working under the scorching summer sun. Industrial work is already fraught with various hazards, with the risk factor being particularly high during summers. If you wish to be safe during the simmering summers, here’s what you need to know:
What makes summertime dangerous for industrial workers?
Summers are beautiful times, but lack of safety can enhance summer hazards for any industrial worker. It is imperative to prioritize your safety before anything else. Scorching summer heat can lead to sunstrokes, dehydration and increased incidents of fire hazards. It can also increase possibilities of infections like asbestoses, which can easily spread during the warm summer months.
If you’re looking to minimize these hazards and remain safe even during the hot summer months, read along for some safety ideas:
1. Sun protection: It is important to remain safe from the not-so-friendly sun rays during the summers. Some ways to implement sun protection include:
a. Sunscreen– Application of a good quality sunscreen is imperative for skin protection.
b. Cover– Wear loose cotton clothes that allow your skin to breathe free and allow proper air circulation. Cover yourself and wear full-sleeved clothes that protect you from the harmful sunrays. Wear a hat to keep your head covered.
c. Hydrate– Make sure you drink water regularly, to replenish your body of the fluids lost while sweating.
2. Personal hygiene: It is important to practice personal hygiene to avoid infections. Most of the times, the heat and sweat during summers provide microbial pathogens ideal conditions for spreading. This causes infections to easily spread when the temperature soars high. The best way to prevent such infections is to practice good hygiene.
3. Fire safety: High temperatures during summers lead to generation of sparks and vigorous evaporation of solvents. This can create an explosive atmosphere, while also increasing the possibility of static electricity hazards. It is important to take utmost care of flammable solvents and handle them well. Fire safety is an essential aspect of industrial safety. Some ways to evade fire hazards include:
a. Keep storage tanks cool, by using drip systems or even gunny bag lining to provide moisture. Moisture for prolonged period can keep the tanks cool for a longer time.
b. Insulate low boiling solvent storage tanks, to prevent loss of energy and also help keep the tanks cool naturally.
c. Do not store combustible material under direct sunlight, lest they catch fire.
d. Have dry grass around your work area removed, as it tends to catch fire easily under direct sunlight.
e. Provide proper Flame arrestors close to manholes of storage tanks.
f. Inspect pump seals for leaks, and have them sealed as soon as possible.
You can also consider keeping safety and first aid boxes at all times. Equip your first aid boxes with burn creams and cold compresses. Make sure you keep dehydration solutions and ensure regular intake of water.
Author Bio: Alan Murfee is a Blogger,and marketing strategist who loves working. He has been in the Industrial sector for a while now and really admires the importance of Welding Safety Equipment and Construction safety.