We’ve already been feeling the heat these past couple of months so you know it’s only going to get worse. To make sure that you and your team avoid dehydration, heat stroke and fatigue, we’ve got some important things to include in your SSSP this summer.
Risk: UV exposure
As we all know, New Zealand’s sun is pretty damn harsh. It’s important to make sure that you and your team are protected from UV exposure as much as possible when working in the sun.
Fix: Sun-smart rules
Make sure you’re covering up properly, wearing breathable fabric, and slapping on some heavy duty sunblock. Chuck on a hat that protects your neck, and throw on some sunnies that actually protect against UV.
It’s not just the sun you need to be careful of, it’s the heat too. If you’re not keeping up a healthy water intake, you could be at risk of dehydration.
Fix: Keep up the fluids
If you’re working for prolonged periods in the heat, you’ll need more than the recommended dose of water. Make sure you’ve got plenty of water on hand, and limit your caffeine and sugar intake. Try and work in the shade where possible.
If you’re in the sun, and you haven’t had enough water, it’s likely you’re going to feel a bit drowsy. This isn’t ideal when you’re working at a height or with dangerous equipment.
Fix: Take regular breaks
Along with drinking water regularly, you should also be taking regular breaks. Working during summer is no picnic, so you need to make sure you’re taking care of yourself and your team.
Rotate tasks between your team and learn to recognise when you’re feeling tired.
Know the warning signs
Some of the danger signs to look out for when you’re working in the heat are:
- Feeling dizzy
- Loss of balance/fainting
- Muscle cramps
- Clammy skin
If you start feeling any of these symptoms, make sure to stop work immediately and let someone know.