Heat of the moment

Before things cool down tomorrow, at least according to the esteemed John Coleman of KUSI weather, we have another hot day today at the Aztec Student Union site. The temperature is already in the mid 90s, and it could topple the 100 mark like it did yesterday at 2:46 p.m.

There are about 25 laborers on site today working hard in this heat to keep this project on schedule. If you’re wondering about the measures Sundt is taking to ensure their safety, here are two points from its heat illness prevention plan:

*If you get hot, find shade. A shaded area is adequate when it blocks all direct sunlight and has room to assume a comfortable posture. In areas where no natural shade from structures or trees exist Sundt will provide portable shade structures for breaks and for rest periods as needed.

*Drink water frequently to keep hydrated. Drink up to one quart of water per hour per person. Sundt will provide water, cups and waste cans for all Sundt employees on site and replenish as needed throughout the shift.

In addition, all supervisory and non-supervisory Sundt employees have gone through training for these topics among others:

*The environmental and personal risk factors for heat illness

*The importance of frequent consumption of small quantities of water, up to 4 cups per hour, when the work environment is hot and employees are likely to be sweating more than usual in the performance of their duties

*The different types of heat illness and the common signs and symptoms of heat illness

*The importance to employees of immediately reporting to the employee’s supervisor, symptoms or signs of heat illness in themselves, or in co-workers

*Sundt’s procedures for responding to symptoms of possible heat illness, including how emergency medical services will be provided should they become necessary

Superintendent Mike Pontius leads a safety briefing every morning at 7:00 a.m. that includes heat prevention reminders.


About Lorena

I'm a San Diego native and a proud two-time alumna of the San Diego State University School of Journalism and Media Studies. I currently work as the marketing and communications manager for the Associated Students of SDSU.
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