Staying safe in the sun on site

The long end to the winter is finally in sight and with the promise of a 2 week heatwave hitting in June and the prospect of a sun filled summer, the excitement is beginning to build.

For those who work their 9-5 job in an office, the jealousy begins to build towards all those who are out working on sites in the blazing hot sunshine all day, however there are plenty of precautions that those people need to take. Safety measures that need to be put in place to protect those people against the long term damage of sun.

Everything in the list below is important to remember when you're exposed to the sun all day.

Keep your suncream topped up throughout the day

You have all good intentions at the start of your shift, lathering the suncream on, ready to start, but re-application is essential for keeping you protected throughout the day. Especially as a construction worker where you could be sweating a lot of it off during your shift on site.

Drink plenty of water

Staying hydrated is key for working in the heat. You should be aiming for at least 2 litres of water per day. While the appeal of fizzy soft drinks and energy drinks is high, whilst working in the sun it's important to drink as much water as possible. Fizzy drinks provide barely any hydration and can sometimes make you feel worse.

Have your break in the shade

The idea of sunbathing on your break can be very appealing, but as you're in the sun all day, this is your only opportunity to get a well needed break from the sun's rays. It gives you a bit of time to cool down, fully rehydrate and be ready again for the rest of the day.

A nutritious breakfast

Whilst you might not necessarily think there is a direct correlation with eating a nutritious breakfast and working in the sun, it's the energy it can provide you with throughout the day. You're going to burn a lot of energy working in soaring temperatures and the energy a nutritious breakfast will provide you with will make sure your body has the fuel it needs.

Keep an eye on your work mates

Understanding the key things to look out for with heat stroke can help you and help your team. If you notice any of the below from yourself, or anyone you're working with, it's important to take action straight away to start cooling down.