August 14, 2018 | Rebecca Yost
Photo by Dawn Jones Redstone

Ten tips from DEOHS for keeping your cool on the job this summer

Water, rest, shade: How to work safe in the summer heat. Photo: Dawn Jones Redstone.

In the mostly un-air-conditioned Pacific Northwest, summer temperature spikes can be uncomfortable. But for outdoor workers and other vulnerable groups, they can be deadly. 

Research led by the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) has found that on hotter days:

  • People of working age (ages 15 to 64 years) are at increased risk for heat illness and dehydration.
  • The risk of hospitalization and death increases for vulnerable populations, including the elderly and diabetes patients.
  • Farmworkers have a 21 percent higher chance of traumatic injury at temperatures between 86°F and 91°F compared to when the temperature is less than 77°F.

Watch our new video featuring 10 tips for workers and employers to keep outdoor work safe in the summer and learn more here.



Environmental health news delivered to your inbox monthly: