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Keeping Your Factory or Shop Cool in the Summer

Summer is here and if you’re one of the many Americans who work in construction, manufacturing, or garages, you’ll want to keep yourself and employees cool until fall rolls around. Dozens of workers die from heat related illness with 40% occurring in the construction industry. Water, rest, and shade can keep your workers cool and heat illness free. Allowing workers to acclimate to the changing temperature will also prevent heat related illness. Here are some alternative ways to keep workers cool during summer heat.

Train workers on how to respond to heat related emergencies.
Give your workers cool down times of no less than 5 minutes
Initiate high heat procedures if the temperature rises above 95 degrees
Give employees access to cool water at all times
Download OSHA’s heat safety app to predict when heat related injuries may occur
Purchase one or many high powered shop fans to keep air moving
Upgrade your ventilation system so that heat dissipates and keeps it out of your facility
Declutter your workspace so it doesn’t obstruct airflow
Consider cooling liners for hard hats
Offer cold rags for workers to wear around their neck and head
Treat workers with popsicles throughout their shifts

Please browse Bull Metal’s gallery of workplace safety products. We offer many products from First Aid boxes to Fireman’s Phone Cabinets.

Workplace Safety at Bull Metal

Bull Metal prides itself on providing a safe working environment for our employees. We have taken several steps to ensure that everyone has the proper training to work safely and efficiently. Here are some steps you can follow to keep your employees safe at your shop.

1. Everyone must wear safety glasses. Even if you’re not working a machine, a piece of metal could fly into your eye from another machine.

2. Don’t wear loose clothing or jewelry. Anything longer than it has to be could get caught in a machine.

3. Wear appropriate shoes. Steel toes are recommended for employees working with metal. Open toed shoes or sandals are not safe!

4. Listen to the machines you are using, if they are making a noise you have not heard before, do not use them.

5. Do not leave the machines unattended.

6. Be aware of what and who is around you. You don’t want to bump into someone using a dangerous machine.

7. Tie long hair and beards back. You don’t want it to get caught in machinery.

8. Don’t use a machine unless you have properly trained on how to use it.

9. Know where the first aid kits are in case of emergency.

10. Keep your work area clean. This will prevent slips and falls that can cause injury.​

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