"For outdoor workers, 'water, rest and shade' are three words that can make the difference between life and death," Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said. "If employers take reasonable precautions, and look out for their workers, we can beat the heat."
Every year, thousands of workers across the country suffer from serious heat-related illnesses. If not quickly addressed, heat exhaustion can become heat stroke, which has killed – on average – more than 30 workers annually since 2003. Labor-intensive activities in hot weather can raise body temperatures beyond the level that normally can be cooled by sweating. Heat illness initially may manifest as heat rash or heat cramps, but quickly can become heat exhaustion and then heat stroke if simple prevention steps are not followed.
"It is essential for workers and employers to take proactive steps to stay safe in extreme heat, and become aware of symptoms of heat exhaustion before they get worse," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "Agriculture workers; building, road and other construction workers; utility workers; baggage handlers; roofers; landscapers; and others who work outside are all at risk. Drinking plenty of water and taking frequent breaks in cool, shaded areas are incredibly important in the hot summer months."
Sqwincher 5 Gallon Powder Packs are designed to restore important mineral salts and fluids lost through dehydration, physical exertion and heat stress. Sqwincher is more satisfying than water or soft drinks because the body absorbs it more quickly and restores it to its proper electrolyte and fluid balance.
The Rubbermaid 5 Gallon Water Cooler is perfect for keeping enough water or other beverage cooled for the whole crew. Its extra-thick insulation ensures superior thermal retention keeping the contents cool for hours. The screw top lid and recessed, drip-resistant spigot help keep spills from occurring.
DBI Sala knows that it is important for plenty of liquids to be consumed on the job, but it can be an inconvenience to carry them while working at heights. The DBI Sala Harness Hydration System has a durable design that connects safely and easily to any DBI harness. The 50oz capacity allows convenient hydration for added safety and productivity.