Working outside during the summer can sound great, but once you are under the hot sun, it can quickly turn into a real health hazard.
Being out in the sun is what many people wish they could do instead of being cramped in an office, but those who work outdoors know that working outside is not all that it has been romanticized into. Working in high temperatures brings dangers that can seriously compromise the health of those workers if they do not take the proper safety precautions. Here are a few summer safety tips for the outdoor workplace and the outdoor worker that will keep them safe under the beaming summer sun.
Summer Safety Tips for the Outdoor Worker
- Wear sun block and a protective hat in order to protect yourself from ultraviolet radiation. Ultraviolet radiation affects the DNA of your skin cells which can then lead to cancer.
- Always dress appropriately. Short sleeves and shorts may sound like a good idea, but they often don’t meet safety requirements. Make sure you always follow protocol and purchase breathable clothing to help your skin breathe.
- Keep the color of your clothing on the light side. Dark clothing absorbs light, warming you up faster.
- Don’t forget to drink your fluids. Water is your best friend under the sun. Stay away from sugary drinks like soda, energy drinks, and even sports drinks which are packed with sugar. Sugar speeds up the dehydration process.
- If the climate in which you work harbors mosquitos, take bug spray with you. Mosquitos carry parasites which can lead to severe health issues (e.g., malaria, Zika, et cetera), so it’s best not to take your chances.
- Take breaks and go into a cool shade or air conditioned space, like your car. It is important to allow your body to cool down and regulate itself before continuing further work.
- If you feel dizzy or woozy, it is crucial that you take a break immediately, as it is your body’s way of telling you that something is not right. If your symptoms do not go away after you get out of the heat and rest for a bit, you need to seek medical attention.
- The four hours between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. are when the sun is at the highest point in the sky, and also the hottest as the rays of the sun are hitting as perpendicularly direct as possible. Trying to avoid work during these summer hours will greatly reduce your risk of a summer-related injury.
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