Workplace Safety Tip While Working in the Rain
If you’ve ever had to work in the rain then you know how difficult and often times unpleasant that can be. Trying to use your tools, keeping important electrical equipment dry and slippery surfaces are just some of the hazards you encounter when Mother Nature unleashes a torrent. As if all of that isn’t bad enough, having to do it while your clothes are soaked is extremely uncomfortable. The weight of those garments can slow you down and make you work dangerous and difficult. Spring is here, and April isn’t reserved for showers alone. The rainy season will continue on as the temperatures increase and humidity rises.
Here are some important work practices that will help prevent accidents and injuries when working in the rain.
Move cautiously – When surfaces are slippery it is important to work more slowly and deliberately to prevent slipping and falling.
Use the correct equipment – Never use electrical tools and equipment that are not intended for outdoor use in the rain. Select hand tools with textured, nonslip grip handles.
Wear appropriate rain gear – Rain gear which includes both a coat and pants, is ventilated and is highly visible should be worn any time you’re working in the rain. High visibility rain gear, like the ANSI Class 3 Rain Jacket features lightweight, breathable fabric and will keep you visible, dry and warm. Also, wear rain gear that is the proper size as to not interfere with your movement.
Wear proper footwear – Proper shoes should include deep treads to prevent slitting.
Ensure that you can see – If wearing eyeglasses use anti-fogging sprays or wipes on them. Also, wear a hat to keep rain out of your eyes.