As spring approaches, we are all hoping for a repeat of the fabulous weather we enjoyed last year. Hot weather is great for people to enjoy ice creams in the park, but it is more of a challenge for those who are working in the heat.
- Drink And Then Drink Some More. It may seem obvious, but the body is much better at regulating its own temperature when it is hydrated. Water can be used in other ways to help keep cool too. A few drops on the inside of the wrist or back of the neck will also help. Try to avoid too much caffeine. Most of us need that coffee fix to get going but this will speed up the body’s blood flow and naturally raise your temperature. Try and restrict how many cups you drink.
- Avoid The Sun. When working outside try and organise the day to perform jobs which are in the shade. Moving around as the day goes on will help you stay cool at work. If being in direct sunlight is unavoidable, don’t forget (in the all-important words of Baz Luhrmann) to “wear sunscreen”.
- Shut Yourself In. Trying to stay cool when working in the heat can be as much of a challenge when working inside as it is outside. Think of where the sun will first hit the windows. Have blinds closed before the sun gets on them.
And speaking of windows, once the heat of the day has arrived, keep them closed. Even though the draft may feel good, the hot air will be joining you in the workplace.
- Wear More Rather Than Less. In extreme climates, the locals tend to cover themselves head to toe. This keeps the skin shaded, particularly when trying to stay cool in hot weather whilst working outside. Loose clothing made of natural fabrics tends to be cooler than man-made materials. Lighter colours are great for reflecting heat too, unlike darker colours which soak up the sun’s power and raise your temperature.
- Behave Like An England Footballer. You may notice that the national football team when playing in extremely hot stadiums during tournaments, will warm up wearing cooling vests. There are simple, reflective vests which are designed to be repeatedly dipped in water through to high-tech devices which contain ice packs. Where exposure to heat is unavoidable these are a great solution aimed at keeping the body’s core temperature down.
- Put The Hours In. Particularly when working in construction, there is a very real danger of heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses. If at all possible, consider varying the hours of the working day. An early start will give workers more hours in cooler temperatures, out of direct sunlight.
Whatever tactics are employed to stay cool when working in the heat, be sure to monitor yourself and colleagues and take regular breaks whilst follow these simple tips. That way, even those of us at work can still enjoy the fine weather.
While we don’t stock high-tech cooling vests here at Essential Safety Wear, we do stock a range of safety clothing that can help protect employees during the hot summer months. Our safety clothing and PPE includes lightweight vests, shoes, shorts and more.