Many roofing jobs occur during the summer months when it is scalding hot and the sun is merciless on the skin. As a roofing contractor, it is important that you remain healthy and free of sun- and heat-related illnesses. You can accomplish this in the following ways.
Drink Water and Lots of It
It is recommended that adults drink at least a half gallon of water daily. When you work outside in the heat and humidity, your body loses more water through sweat. You should drink more than a half gallon of water under these working conditions in order to keep your body properly hydrated. Cold to lukewarm water is best, because your body cannot cool itself and hot water raises your body's temperature. Bring water bottles to the job. Take frequent water breaks to prevent dehydration, heat cramps, and heat exhaustion, all of which can send you directly to the emergency room.
Use Sun Screen
You do not want to develop skin cancer. Since it only takes a couple of really bad sunburns to produce skin cancer later on, it becomes a health hazard for roofers. OSHA, or the Occupational Safety Hazard Association, checks regularly with employers and employees to make sure their physical well-being is not jeopardized. This includes protecting your skin when you work outdoors. Using a good sunscreen not only protects your skin and your health, but is in compliance with OSHA safety standards for roofers.
Ask About Breaks During the Most Dangerous Part of the Day
An hour lunch between noon and two is typical for most roofing contractors and their crews, but extending that break so that you are exposed to less heat and less sun is smart. The most dangerous hours to be outside during the summer are between noon and two in the Northern hemisphere. Taking a slightly longer lunch keeps you safe and gives you a little energy boost for the rest of the day. Ask your boss what his expectations are for working during this time and during this season of the year.
Cooling Huts or Tents
You experience the climate and most of the aerobic conditions that marathon runners do. Yet, marathon runners can enter cooling tents or huts if they become overheated. Ask your boss if he would consider a cooling tent or hut on exceptionally hot and humid days. It will be especially beneficial if you or any of your fellow roofers begin to experience heat cramps, sun burn, dizziness, clammy body temperature or lack of sweating. These are all signs that your health is in danger and you need to get somewhere cool and comfortable quickly.
Is the roof on your home ready for replacement? If so, do you know what type of roofing you are going to have installed to replace it? Will you have the existing roof removed, or just have the home re-roofed? You will face several decisions while you work to replace the roof on your home. Scroll through my site to find a great list that can help you decide what product and method of installation will be best for your home. Hopefully, the information provided will take some of the confusion and stress out of this big, important home improvement project.