Do you know that June is "adopt a shelter cat" month? It's also audiobook month, fireworks safety month, national rose month, national seafood month and potty training awareness month. Most importantly, however, June is national safety month. In honor of this event, Grainger has shared five quick tips to help workers stay cool this summer.
1. Drink water moderately, but often — Whether outside or in a facility with no air conditioning, drink small amounts of water every 15 minutes, even if you're not thirsty.
2. Choose a sunscreen that offers "full spectrum" protection — A sunscreen's SPF rating is not always the best way to verify the best product. Some sunscreens with high SPF protect from UVB rays only, so look for one that offers UVA protection as well.
3. Wear safety glasses with UV protection — Eyes can easily suffer from too much sun exposure, so when selecting safety glasses for a job site, select a pair that offers UV protection.
4. Choose lightweight clothing — If appropriate in the work environment, wear clothing that is non-confining and made of a light, breathable fabric, like cotton.
5. Know the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke — Heat exhaustion occurs when you've been exposed to high temperatures and you become dehydrated. If ignored, heat exhaustion can result in heat stroke, which is when the body's core temperature exceeds 105 degrees and starts to lose consciousness.