As we reach the peak of summertime, we also reach peak temperature conditions. Here at Quincy Recycle, we are operating in recycling plants that take on the responsibility of the midwest heat, which means it is our responsibility to keep our employees and customers safe.
All About Summer Heat
While being out in the sun can bring plenty of dopamine, it can also bring along unwelcome health emergencies that we want to avoid. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are both risks of being in the heat for long periods of time without proper hydration, protection, and rest. Heat exhaustion can ultimately lead to heat stroke, which can cause confusion, dizziness, and unconsciousness. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to immediately move into a cooler area, remove any extra layers that you can, cool with water or ice, and call medical professionals.
On top of the heat conditions, it is also important to stay aware of harsh UV conditions that can cause serious burns that could bring long term effects. A UV index above 3 is enough to burn the skin if precautions are not taken. If the index gets that high, it is important to wear sunscreen with the proper SPF, as well as other protective gear like hats if capable.
Why We Care
As mentioned above, Quincy Recycle takes on the heat due to the nature of what we do, but we also take on the responsibility of taking care of our teams. Every month we host safety meetings where we discuss different topics that will keep our employees and customers safe while on the job. Year after year, we make it our duty to make sure everyone is informed about the dangers of summer heat, as well as their resources here at Quincy Recycle that can keep them safe.
First and foremost, we encourage staying hydrated by providing hydration stations in our facilities. When working in the heat, you should be drinking 1 cup of water every 15–20 minutes. We do not want anyone to wait until they are too thirsty or overheated to be drinking water, as the dehydration will have already caught up. Hence why we encourage frequent water breaks to ensure everyone can end their day safely and effectively.
Secondly, we want to ensure that the proper amount of breaks are being taken while working in high heat temperatures. Not only this, but we also ensure that the conditions of our break rooms are up to standards that will allow our employees to cool down, rest, and rejuvenate to be able to return to work in a safe manner.
Lastly, we take into consideration any equipment related concerns. In these extreme heat situations, the risks of equipment overheating do increase. So, we are committed to making sure our equipment is being maintained and serviced properly to avoid the possibility of overheating or malfunctioning.
Ultimately, Quincy Recycle is dedicated to keeping our people Alive & Well. Ensuring that our employees are taken care of, especially when conditions are unfavorable, is and will always be our number one priority. Safety preparedness is at the core of our mission and values as an organization, and we will continue to uphold that for the betterment of our team.