How to keep employees safe during warm weather and wildfire season.
Oregon kicked off the start of summer with temperatures spiking in the 90s and 100s in many parts of the state this week. Wildfires are cropping up as well, as firefighters prepare for another busy fire season.
There are many ways to get your workplace ready for the warmer weather ahead. Here’s a guide to keeping workers cool and preventing summer-related injuries and illnesses.
- Heat stress prevention: Water, shade, and rest are key. Use a buddy system to monitor workers for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Protect your skin: Oregon’s cloudy skies won’t prevent skin cancer. Workers should break out the sunscreen (at least SPF 30) every two hours and wear protective clothing and eyewear.
- Hydration is your body’s best defense: Educate workers and supervisors on the importance of hydration. Provide clean water, and consider providing water bottles, occasional drinks with electrolytes, or even adding a cooler room with portable fogger fans.
- Don’t put off wildfire prep: Learn what your business can do to be better prepared before, during, and after wildfire events by downloading this checklist. It includes making evacuation plans, stocking masks and filters, and monitoring air quality.
SAIF has experts available for interviews on how to beat the heat and prepare for wildfire season. Find more tips and specific resources at saif.com.
SAIF is Oregon’s not-for-profit workers’ compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we’ve been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.