Working outdoors when it’s hot can create an array of safety challenges that surveying firms and individuals need to be aware of and plan for.

The newest entry to the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) Best Practices series of monographs, “Working Safely Outdoors in Warm Climates” addresses key issues to plan for. These include sun and UV-ray exposure, heat, Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases, West Nile Virus, and poison ivy and related plants. Each issue is expanded upon by GBA’s Construction-Materials Engineering and Testing (CoMET) Business Council and its Safety Committee, which offers appropriate preventative measures.

“Working outdoors in hot weather exposes people to a variety of risks. Most of these are known risks, so it’s fairly easy to find effective guidance on what to do and not do to maintain personal safety. We’re grateful to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for providing so many supporting documents,” says GBA Safety Committee Chair Randy A. Knott. “We are grateful, too, to the many GBA Member Firm safety directors who contributed experience-based insights and suggestions.”

The project was initiated specifically for CoMET field personnel, but soon after it was established, the group realized that just about all members could benefit, according to Saad M. Hineidi, CoMET business council chair. "Working Safely Outdoors in Warm Climates" is available only to GBA members, at no charge.

About GBA

Established in 1969, the Geoprofessional Business Association serves geotechnical engineers, environmental professionals, civil engineers engaged in a variety of specialties, and construction-materials engineering and testing professionals, among other geoprofessionals. GBA creates innovative programs, services and materials to help its member firms thrive by confronting risk and optimizing performance.