Heat Safety: Keep Outdoor Workers Safe

Outdoor workers are a vital part of some businesses. It is important for them to take precautions against exposure to sun, heat, and bug bites during the summer months.


  • To protect against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, do the following:
  • Wear lightweight, tightly woven clothing that you can’t see through.
  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 blocks 93 percent of UV rays.
  • Wear a hat that protects your neck, ears, forehead, nose, and scalp.
  • Wear UV-absorbent sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.


Heat can be a serious health threat during the summer months. Protect yourself in the following ways:

  • Drink plenty of water before you get thirsty.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as dry-fit material.
  • Eat small meals before work activity.
  • Skip the caffeine and soda; drink water instead.


If you’re working in tall grass or wooded areas, take the following precautions to protect yourself from ticks:

  • Wear light-colored clothing to see ticks more easily.
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants.
  • Tuck pant legs into socks or boots.
  • Wear high boots or closed shoes that cover your feet completely.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Use tick repellants, but not on your face.
  • Wash and dry your work clothes at high temperatures.
  • Examine your body for ticks after work, and remove any attached ticks promptly with a tweezers. If you get bit and develop a rash, see your doctor.

Insect Bites and Stings

Bee, wasp, hornet and yellow jacket stings are typically only dangerous to those who are allergic or have been stung multiple times.

  • Wear bug repellant.
  • Avoid wearing heavy perfumes or scented lotions.
  • Check before drinking from cups, bottles or cans. Stinging insects are attracted to sweet drinks.

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