Keeping safe in the sun on site

After a soar in temperature last weekend, we'd like to hope (without jinksing) that we're set for a heatwave this August. Whilst we all love the sun and the warmer temperatures it brings, it's important to recognise the dangers of being exposed whilst working on site all day. We've put together a few helpful tips to make sure you look out for yourself and others this summer.

Sun lotion

Whilst we may be stating the obvious, many of us get caught up in the job in hand and forget the importance of appying sun lotion. It's easy to forget after the first application in a morning, but in order for sun cream to work effectively, you must remember to apply it every 2 hours. We know how busy sites can be, but taking just a few minutes out of your day could save you from some bad consequences. Nothing is worth ending up with sun stroke after a long day on site, so bear this in mind especially if you have fairer skin once the temperatures start to heat up.

Drink plenty of water

Drinking plenty of water whilst working in the sun is vital. It is of the utmost importance that you remain hydrated. Fizzy drinks are often a go to on site but please be mindful that they provide little in the way of hydration. Making sure that you stay fully hydrated throughout the day will leave you feeling much more energetic and will see you avoid any of the nasty side effects such as headaches that dehydration can bring.

Eat

A big healthy breakfast is key when working in the sun. A nutritious feast to kick start the day will leave your body with enough fuel to last til lunch time. Choose wisely when it comes to your lunch -  food that is high in calories and saturated fats should be avoided as you don't want your body to be processing high calorie foods whilst you're trying to work in these conditions.

Spread the word

It's a good idea to advise your colleagues on the above. Find out what the signs of heat stroke are and use this knowledge to look out for your team over these next summer months.

Make sure you check for:

  • A headache
  • dizziness and confusion
  • excessive sweating
  • loss of appetite or feeling sick
  • cramps in the arms, legs or stomach
  • fast breathing or pulse
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