Beat the heat

The Department of Labor & Industries urges people working outdoors to take precautions against heat-related illness, a condition that can result in serious medical conditions, including disability or death.

Roofing, highway construction and agricultural work are just a few of the workplaces across Washington in which workers are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses in warm weather.

  • For those working outdoors in hot weather, try to follow these five tips:
  • Start work well-hydrated and drink as much as a cup of water every 15 minutes.
  • Watch co-workers for signs of heat-related illness, such as headaches, dizziness or nausea.
  • Pace your work and take scheduled breaks.
  • Wear lightweight clothing and remove protective gear when it's safe to do so.
  • Avoid drinking caffeine or eating a heavy meal.

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