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Jobsite Approved Lunches

Jobsites can be unpredictable, especially while the heat of summer is in full effect!

As millions of Americans carry sack lunches onto the jobsite, it’s important to assure proper cooking and handling has been done. Follow these quick tips to enjoy a safe jobsite lunch! 


Although it may be tempting to carry your lunch in an affordable brown bag, or to keep it in a plastic grocery sack, it can be very dangerous. You’ll need an insulated container with at least 2 freezer packs (one above and one below the perishable foods).

An insulated lunchbox and freezer packs keep cold food cold and reduce the spread of harmful bacteria. Bacteria multiply rapidly in foods within the “danger zone” (40°F to 140°F), for more than 2 hours below 90°F, or 1 hour when temperatures surpass 90°F.


Safe lunches begin with safe food preparation. 

  • Cook food to safe temperatures. 
  • Use clean utensils and wash all working surfaces.
  • When storing leftover meals, immediately place in packaging or airtight containers. Be sure to portion large quantities into smaller dishes to get food in the “safe zone” (at or below 40°F) quickly, to reduce the risk of bacteria. 
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Wash all storage dishes, work surfaces and even your insulated lunch container. If you must use a classic brown paper bag, be sure they are purchased from the food preparation aisle at your local supermarket.
  • Don’t over prepare. Packing too much perishable food can cause cooling issues with your cool packs. Too much food is also difficult to dispose of on the jobsite. If you do pack too much, share with a friend to limit food waste. 
  • When handling liquids or fluid foods, use a thermos to keep foods cold or hot. Hot foods should be packaged in a preheated thermal container. Preheating can be done by placing boiling water into the container and letting it sit for a few minutes before filling with your preheated food. 


All perishable foods that are intended to be served cold must be kept cold. Foods prepared with meat (including fish and poultry), eggs, dairy, cut & peeled fruits and vegetables, pasta and rice dishes meat these guidelines.

  • Prepared foods made in advance and packaged the evening before should stay refrigerated until they are ready to be added to your lunch container. When morning arrives, you can add foods that do not require refrigeration.
  • Store your lunch in a cool, dark place. If it is possible to refrigerate, do so, but in many workplaces this option is unavailable. In addition to cooling packs, a frozen water or sports drink can help keep your food cold.


Foods that require reheating should be microwaved until they are steaming and heated throughout. Let foods reach edible temperatures before eating them.


Although many foods require thorough preparation and care to avoid food-borne bacteria, there are some that can remain at room temperature (68-72°F). In hot temperatures, room temperature can be maintained in an insulated container. On cool days, these foods are safe without additional preparation.

Safe foods include:

  • Nut butter sandwiches (peanut butter, hazelnut spread, almond butter)
  • Breads & crackers
  • Prepared popcorn
  • Whole intact fruit (fruit with the peel)
  • Fruit cups/ pudding cups
  • Dried fruit, nuts & seeds
  • Cookies, bars, prepared snack mixes
  • Prepared meats, seafood & beans (canned that can be opened and eaten immediately)


Prepare your equipment, jobsites, and employees for warmer temperatures to help avoid injuries and downtime from work. Visit our blog to learn more summer safety tips!


Editor’s Note: We originally published this post in August 2021. We updated it for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness in February 2023.

8 Easy Ways to Secure Your Jobsite for the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—for everything except your unattended jobsite. Many construction sites shut down for at least a day during the holidays, leaving them vulnerable. Construction sites are always a potential danger zone for workers and visitors, but the holidays have higher risks of theft, vandalism, fire, and frozen equipment. Do you have the right measures in place to secure your project and help prevent costly damage? If you’re not sure, check out our tips. 

Want more information on how to keep your jobsite safe during winter weather? Download our complete guide to winter construction site prep

Securely lock all gates and entrance points.

Check all fencing for weak points and vulnerabilities. Having a secure site removes temptation for a passerby to enter your site. 

Consider adding temporary lighting. 

A well-lit site is less appealing to would-be intruders. 

Determine if security is necessary.

You are the best determiner of whether your jobsite needs extra surveillance or security when unattended. If you invest in security cameras, display signs to let people know the system is in place.

You can also ask if your local police department can include your site on their rounds. However, officers likely won’t enter your work zone. Hired security teams that can enter the site may be a better option of you’re concerned about security. 

Remove or hide equipment and tools. 

To help keep unwanted visitors from taking or tampering with equipment or tools, remove them from your construction site. If this isn’t possible, hide them from view. Always immobilize your equipment before leaving, and never store keys on-site. You never know when someone might want to take a test drive! 

Prepare for inclement weather.

Before leaving your jobsite for the holidays, check the weather forecast. Consider the weather’s effect on your equipment. 

Secure any equipment and temporary fixtures, structures, and materials, which can be blown over by strong winds. Always lower MEWPs, boom lifts, and other light construction equipment. 

When machinery is not in use, consider storing it on wooden planks, platforms, or other raised surfaces. This keeps the tires from freezing to the dirt or tracks. You may also want to park your equipment’s bucket or blade slightly lifted. 

If you are unable to store your equipment indoors, you will need to drain the machine’s fluids. Read our article about winterizing equipment for additional tips. 

Place signage on site. 

Make sure all signage is secured. Known hazards should be clearly marked and emergency contact information should be posted. Always mount “No Trespassing” signs at regular intervals around the jobsite’s boundary and entrances. 

Create an emergency plan and share it with your team. 

Decide who should be contacted depending on the situation and include it in the emergency plan. Post your emergency contact information onsite, so emergency responders can alert you quickly. OSHA’s Emergency Preparedness and Response page has additional resources to help you draft your emergency plan. 

Prepare in advance so you don’t have to be stressed during the holidays. 

There’s a good chance your construction site will be left unmonitored for at least a day during the holiday season. Being prepared for that eventuality and knowing what to do will alleviate your worry and allow you to enjoy your time away for the holidays.

If you or your company need any additional resources, Hugg & Hall is here to help! Interested in learning more about keeping your team safe and your equipment in tip-top shape? Download our complete Winter Prep Guide

Want more winter weather tips and tricks? Check out our resources section