Summer brings cautions for warm weather work and other hazards

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TUMWATER – While sunshine and warm weather have been absent for much of the state this spring, summer begins today and the state Department of Labor & Industries wants to remind both workers and employers to be careful of this season’s particular hazards.

Those working outdoors may have to cope with warm weather, workers who drive for their jobs may need to watch for an increasing number of pedestrians, and even amusement parks must ensure workers are safe when erecting new rides or operating and maintaining rides.

To address hazards like these and others associated with summer weather, L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health has created a webpage on summer safety. To visit this page, go to www.Lni.wa.gov/Safety and click on the ‘Seasonal Safety’ icon.

The page covers everything from heat exposure and lawn mower use to ladder safety and driving safety.

For those who do find themselves working outdoors in hot weather, try to follow these five tips:

  1. Start work well hydrated and drink as much as a cup of water every 15 minutes.
  2. Watch co-workers for signs of heat-related illness, such as headaches, dizziness or nausea.
  3. Pace your work and take scheduled breaks.
  4. Wear lightweight clothing and remove protective gear when it’s safe to do so.
  5. Avoid drinking caffeine or eating a heavy meal.

You can get other safety tips by visiting www.Lni.wa.gov/Safety and clicking on the ‘5 minutes for safety,’ icon.

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For media information: Hector Castro, L&I, 360-902-6043.

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