By Vogel Bros. Safety Department

“Dog Days of Summer” – an expression coined by the Romans for the hottest, most humid days of summer, because they associated the hottest days of summer with the Dog Star, Sirius.

As the “Dog Days” of August draw near, we find the temperatures start to rise and our comfort levels drop. While some people love the hot, sunny days because they make for great swimming or sun tanning weather, the hot and humid conditions can prove sickening and even fatal.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has launched its annual summertime campaign to inform people about the dangers of working in hot weather. Some of the precautionary steps they recommend are:

  • Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty
  • Rest in the shade to cool down
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing
  • Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency
  • Keep an eye on fellow workers
  • “Easy does it” on your first days of work in the heat. You need to get used to it.

This year, OSHA has also released a new Heat Safety Tool app for Android and iOS. This app allows you to calculate the heat index for your location. Based on the heat index, the app displays your risk level for heat-related illness. According to OSHA, “With a simple ‘click,’ you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level” to protect you and your loved ones from heat-related illness. So as you go out and enjoy your dog days of summer, be sure you’re taking measures to ensure you stay cool AND safe.