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A summertime workplace check-up is in order. Outdoor workers aren’t the only ones at risk when temperatures rise. Work areas in which employees wear protective clothing or hot environments such as bakeries or laundries need to be part of your warm weather review, too.
When temperatures soar, the US Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) urges employers to take these precautions to minimize the risk of heat:
- Provide plenty of drinking water–as much as a quart per worker per hour–to help reduce the risk of heatstroke;
- Use general ventilation and good spot cooling at points of high heat;
- Train first-aid workers to recognize and treat the signs of heatstroke, which can be fatal;
- Consider a worker’s physical condition when determining fitness to work in hot environments.
- Acclimate workers to the heat. Begin with short exposures followed by longer periods of work. New employees and workers returning from an absence of two weeks or more should have a five-day period of acclimatization. Start with half the normal workload and time exposure the first day and gradually build up to 100%;
- Alternate work and rest periods, with longer rest periods in a cooler area;
- Consider that certain medical conditions, medical treatments and medications increase the risk from heat;
- Monitor temperatures, humidity and workers’ responses to heat at least hourly.
Source: OSHA’s website www.osha.gov.
First you should follow you company policies and procedures. This is a general outline of the kind of information you should gather in case you are in involved in an accident. Take pictures whenever possible to provide an accurate and detailed record of the event.
- Phone number
- Email address
- Statement from any witness or witnesses.
The other driver Information
- Owner Name
- Phone numbers
- Owner’s Email address
- Name of driver
- Phone numbers
- Driver’s email address
- Plate number
- State (include license plate in photo if possible)
- Name of Insurance Company
- Policy number
- Take a picture of the insurance card if possible.
Damage to the other vehicle
- Is the vehicle drivable?
- Description of damage