TechNews: Hot Weather Safety Tips
Risk factors for heat illness:
High temperature and humidity, direct sun exposure, no breeze or wind
Low liquid intake
Heavy physical labor
No recent exposure to hot workplaces.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion:
Headache, dizziness, or fainting
Weakness and wet skin
Irritability or confusion
Thirst, nausea, or vomiting.
Symptoms of heat stroke:
Confusion, inability to think clearly, passing out, collapse, or seizures
High body temperature
Loss of coordination
Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
If someone on your crew has symptoms:
Tell the supervisor right away and ask for medical help
Move the person to the shade to cool off
Keep the person cool: cool the skin with a wet cloth or a spray mist
Loosen the person’s clothing
Have the person drink cool water slowly (only if he or she is conscious and not vomiting)
Do not leave the person alone.
How you can protect yourself and others:
Know the signs and symptoms of heat illnesses; monitor yourself and use a buddy system
Block out direct sun and other heat sources when possible
Drink plenty of fluids BEFORE you get thirsty, and drink often (every 15 minutes)
Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine
Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.
TechNews: Springtime Roof Checkups
Spring is here, which means it’s time to check roofs for any damage caused by winter weather. Even in warmer climates, Versico strongly recommends regular spring roof maintenance, as damage can be caused by wind or foot traffic from maintenance personnel.