Beat the Heat

Heat & Humidity Safety Tips

Summer is coming...

and so is the heat and humidity!

Heating and cooling a 250,000 sq ft warehouse is no easy feat! With Pittsburgh summer temperatures nearing 90° and humidity soaring to 95%, conditions in the FC can be a little rough. To avoid heat-related illness, please read through these tips to stay safe and beat the heat!

Staying cool at work:

Tips for beating the heat:

Stay Hydrated

H2O is your greatest defense against the heat! Did you know that by the time you feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated? To avoid dehydration, OSHA recommends drinking 8 ounces of water every 15 minutes, even if you aren't thirsty. It's also a good idea to avoid caffeine as it contributes to dehydration!

Appropriate Attire

Wear loosefitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Excess, dark, or tight clothing holds in heat and doesn't let your body cool properly because it inhibits sweat evaporation.

Take advantage of breaks

The enclosed employee lounge/cafeteria is air conditioned making it a great place to cool off and re-energize. Instead of spending the full 15 minutes outside in the heat and humidity, set aside a few minutes to relax in the AC!

Look out for one another

Keep an eye on your coworkers and familiarize yourself with the symptoms of heat-related illnesses.

Heat Exhaustion

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or abdominal cramps
  • Nausea/vommiting
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat

Heat Stroke

  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness and light-headedness
  • Red, hot and dry skin
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Nausea and vomitting
  • Rapid heartbeat (may be strong or weak)
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Confusion, disorientation, staggering
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

If you witness an employee exhibiting any of the symptoms above, get help immediately! Seek out a supervisor or get to the nearest Emergency Signal Button to alert the team (see the emergency signal button map below).

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