Lifeguards, whether they’re working at the beach, a waterpark, or a pool, provide a valuable service to the public. Their employers must ensure they have what they need to save lives and remain safe while doing so.
Safety on the lifeguard stand begins with proper training and equipment. It continues with suitable protocols and guidelines for these workers. While everyone knows that lifeguards need equipment like whistles to gain attention from people around them and rescue tubes to facilitate safe water rescues, they may not think about other important points.
Exposure to the sun is one of the main hazards for outdoor lifeguards. Every lifeguard should wear UV-blocking clothing that enables them to get into the water and save lives. They should also wear sunscreen. Employers can provide them with shaded areas at workstations so they can spend a good portion of the day out of the sun.
The sun and heat can quickly drain a person’s energy. Employers should always ensure they have adequate lifeguard staffing to provide the opportunity to rotate out lifeguards and provide adequate breaks. Lifeguards should get out of the sun and use their breaks to rest.
A major part of a lifeguard’s day involves making sure visitors to the attraction are following the rules. While some people might believe the customer is always right, employers of lifeguards should rethink that concept.
Any lifeguard who suffered an injury while working should be provided with the proper medical care. The workers’ compensation coverage their employer maintains should cover that medical care and other expenses related to the injury. They may be eligible for other benefits, but it might be necessary to fight for what they’re due. Working with someone who can help uphold their rights is beneficial.