While summer introduces a wide variety of new business opportunities, it also introduces new risks for your business.
Having the right business insurance protection is a great way to manage your risk, but doesn’t mean stop being vigilant.
Here are some of the business risks that you should watch out for this summer.
If your business requires your employees to work outside, it’s important to watch for signs of heat-related illness.
During the hot summer months, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are common illnesses that can afflict individuals. These can occur due to dehydration and overheating while out in the sun.
In extreme instances, heat stroke even has the potential to be deadly. This is why it’s important to encourage workers to drink lots of fluids and rest in the shade whenever possible.
Additionally, try to limit outdoor work to early morning and early evening hours when it is cooler outside.
Watch for early signs of heat-related illness such as:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Throbbing headache
- Excessive sweating
Sunburn and Skin Cancer
While sunburn might not seem like a big deal, prolonged exposure to the sun’s damaging rays can actually result in peeling, blistering skin and second-degree burns.
To make matters worse, sun burn is just the beginning of more serious problems. Individuals that spend extended periods of time in direct sunlight can develop dangerous skin conditions such as skin cancer.
To prevent this risk, you should have any employees working outdoors apply a high-SPF sunscreen and have them reapply every two hours or so.
Additionally, you should also encourage them to cover up in light long-sleeved shirts and long pants to reduce the amount of skin they are exposing to the sun.
Finally, you should try to limit outdoor activities when the sun is at its strongest.
If you want to protect your employees and your business this season, then it’s important to make sure that you have the proper business insurance in place.
For assistance with your business’s coverage needs, contact the experts at John Scott Insurance. We are ready to get you the coverage that you need today.