As workers whose job description includes long hours in the sun, we know how hard it can be to make it through the hottest summer days, but we are here to help give some advice because your health and safety is the top priority on a work site. With the summer temperatures coming soon it’s important to put your safety first and reduce your risk of summer hazards. Here is a list we have put together of some health and safety tips to help you stay safe this summer.
- Apply sunscreen regularly. The worst part of getting a sunburn is the pain after, so keep applying on a regular basis to keep your skin healthy and burn free.
- Schedule your heavy work for the cooler parts of the day (before 10 am, and after 2 pm).
- Always seek shade when available.
- Drink water. All. The. Time. Seriously though, don’t wait until your thirsty, drink throughout the day as often as possible. Try drinking two-four cups of water every hour, and stay away from drinks filled with caffeine or sugar, which can speed the dehydration process.
- Wear sunglasses and a hat, to block UV rays and cool you down.
- Dress appropriately and lightly. Put all the black tees in the back of your closet, and bring out the white to keep yourself as cool as possible, also try looking for light materials like linen if you find your current clothes to feel heavy and hot.
- Take breaks. If possible, try to take breaks in an air conditioned area, to help your body recover from the heat.
- Use bug spray to avoid bites.