OK, so you’re probably thinking we’ve missed the boat on the whole heatwave thing this year, I mean look outside its raining (31/07/2018). However, its forecast again to reach temperatures above 30 degrees within the next week, and the Environmental Audit Selection Committee suggest it will continue to become more commonplace in the future.
The Environmental Audit Selection Committee have released a report with lots of great advice for the government including recommending an upper limit for working temperatures, encouraging flexible hours at work, changes to building regulations to consider heat waves and plenty of other good long term advice. But what can you do next week to protect yourself when the sun comes out to play?
- Stay out of the sun
This doesn’t mean that you will end up as a pale goblin living in a cave, the advice is to moderate your time in the sun, use shade to escape and cover up. You can still work on your tan, but be sensible about it. Excessive exposure to the sun and heat will not only increase risk of skin cancers, heat exhaustion and also causes fatalities every year.
- Keep cool at work
Do what you can to keep your work area cool, close blinds, use fans etc. If you work outside, ensure you have somewhere you can escape to take a break from the sun. Wear appropriate clothing to keep cool but covered.
- Dress code
If possible, your dress code should be relaxed during spells of hot weather. Undo that tie, wear shorts and short sleeves. Wear loose, cool clothing, a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors. Choose PPE items which offer sun protection Like this!
- Cream up!
This is an obvious one, but people are not getting the protection they think from sun cream because they don’t apply it before sun exposure and don’t reapply enough throughout the day.
- Cool down
Take a cold shower, escape to a cool room and what better reason to eat ice cream!
We all know that we should be drinking lots of water. However, most people still don’t reach anywhere near the recommended 2 litres. Have a bottle of water with you and sip regularly.
- Avoid physical activity
It’s not very often you get advised to sit around not exercising, and in reality this could be a tricky one to do for some trades. However, plan your day so that the bulk of physical tasks are completed in early morning or later afternoon/evening to avoid doing it in the hottest part of the day.