Working in a Heatwave: 10 Safety tips

Hydration, hydration, hydration… One can not emphasize enough how important it is to keep yourself hydrated when working on a hot summer day. 

 

Even more so for people who work outside like construction workers. With heated conditions currently in South Africa it is easy to become dehydrated or become ill because of not taking the necessary precautions during the summer months.

 

 

 

10 Safety Tips:

 

| First of all, you know the first one is STAY HYDRATED! Drink water, take water in bottles to site. Keep it in a cooler bag to make sure you will be refreshed as you hydrate

| Remember to take regular short breaks in the conditioned areas – preferably somewhere in the shade

| If you can avoid direct sun, do so! If not make sure to avoid sunburn by applying sunscreen. This will protect your skin from burning to blisters or even getting skin cancer

| Work at an even pace – don’t intensify your work pace especially during the hottest hours of the day. Working at an even pace will allow you to work healthily for longer.

| Wear protective clothing – protective clothing is unfortunately not known to be very light weight in general – but find out what your options are regarding loose-fitting, lightweight clothing 

| Don’t eat big meals but rather smaller meals, more frequently

| Avoid dehydrating liquids like alcohol, tea, coffee and sodas – try sticking to water

| Use a damp cloth to wipe your face and neck every so often

| Stay alert to signs that you might become ill due to the heat

| Remember to wear a hat to protect your head and face, and sunglasses for your eyes

 

May everyone stay productive, yet safe and healthy in the heat!

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