It looks like Grande Prairie will be graced with beautiful summer weather over the next week. There’s nothing but sunshine and temperatures in the mid to high 20’s anticipated by Environment Canada.
However, if you’re working outdoors make sure you stay hydrated and are taking regular rests or breaks.
“Every Albertan should be able to come home safe at the end of every work day. So, making sure that we take the temperature heating up seriously, and we know how to work safely in hot weather, can help to make sure everyone stays healthy,” said Christina Gray, Alberta’s Minister of Labour.
There are also plenty of things employers can do to keep their workers safe in the heat.
“Providing plenty of cool drinking water. Perhaps reducing physical activity or changing the work location to somewhere cooler, maybe a shaded area,” Gray said. “Creating a cooling station is something that some employers will do.”
Gray went on to say that under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, workers have the right to refuse work if they think it’s too hot or unsafe.
“It is the responsibility of employers to take steps to protect the health and safety of their workers… if any Albertan is concerned they can call Occupational Health and Safety.” Their number is 1-866-415-8690.
Some early signs of heat stress include muscle cramps, dizziness and fatigue, dehydration, headaches, changes to your breathing and pulse rate and heavy sweating.