WORKING IN HEAT: HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

 

Working in heat can be challenging, so it’s important to know what steps to take to protect yourself. 

Disclaimer: The following information is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation

WORK SAFELY THIS SUMMER AND BEAT THE HEAT

During extreme heat it is easy for your body to become dehydrated or for your body to overheat, so you need to know how to work safely in hot weather to help:

  • Protect your health, safety and wellbeing
  • Prevent heat stroke, heat illnesses and heat stress injuries in the workplace
SIP, SLOP, SLAP

Heat stress and illness as a result of working in hot conditions can increase your chance of injury. This is because it can reduce your ability to concentrate and recognise risks. Therefore, it’s important to understand sun safety and take steps to protect yourself from fatigue and heat stress, particularly during the summer months.

  • SIP on a drink
  • SLOP on some sunscreen
  • SLAP on a hat

IMPORTANT:

  • Remember that all skin types can be damaged by exposure to UV radiation. So make sure that you are sun-safe everyday even when it’s cool or cloudy.
  • Also, use SPF 30 (or higher), broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. And remember to reapply it every two hours and even more frequently if sweating.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM HEAT STRESS
  • Firstly, stay well hydrated during your shifts by drinking plenty of water (don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more).
  • Also, try to avoid  alcohol, coffee, tea, and high-level caffeine / energy type drinks. This can increase dehydration and may affect your quality of work.

    IMPORTANT: Consuming alcohol prior or during your shift is in breach of Labourpower and client policies and also impairs your ability placing others at risk.

  • In addition, eat regularly, reduce your intake of heavy food  and follow a well-balanced diet.
  • Wear protective clothing (PPE) including lightweight clothing that helps protect you from the heat. Change your uniform if your clothes become saturated and use sunscreen when working outside.
  • Finally, pace yourself throughout the day. Build up to heavy work, understand your limits, take scheduled breaks and rest if fatigued.

For more information, visit the SunSmart website. 

SAFETY GOES 24/7

Labourpower values your health and wellbeing and has an ongoing commitment to safety in the workplace.

We are also proud to partner with Workactive to bring you safety and wellbeing programs throughout the year.

We look forward to bringing you more safety tips as part of our Toolbox Tuesdays.

Look out for our regular Toolbox Tuesday and Wellness Wednesday posts on Facebook, LinkedIn and the Labourpower website.

 

 

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