I’m sure we don’t need to tell you, but it’s pretty hot out there. In fact, it’s one of the hottest summers ever with long stretches of heat, gorgeous sunshine and scarcely a cloud in the sky.
It’s made working in good old Blighty feel more like working in Brazil, and, frankly, it’s tough to complain about that.
The hot weather does come with its drawbacks though – and we’re not just talking about the odour coming from your colleagues. No, because good weather brings with it increased chance of skin cancer, blistering and other nasty, dangerous side effects.
Cancer isn’t an outside chance, either, with research finding that in Britain alone there are 241 cases of melanoma skin cancer caused by working outside every year. On average, that results in 48 tragic deaths every year.
That’s why it’s so important to take care when you’re working on site in the heat. Here are our top tips for protecting yourself when you’re working in the heat:
- Stock up on sun-cream: Look, we know that nobody likes wearing it and, yes, it’s a total bugger to put on yourself, but sun-cream is absolutely essential to ensuring your health whilst you’re in the sun. By blocking the suns UV rays, it drastically reduces your chances of getting skin cancer. Oh, and it’ll stop the sunburn too. Result!
- Wear the right headgear: Summer is particularly dangerous because, when the weather heats up, we’re all inclined to do what it takes to cool down. Sometimes, that even means casting off our PPE in an effort to beat the heat. That includes out headgear which has a habit of keeping heat in, rather than off of It’s why we recommend something like the Delta Plus Diamond V Safety Bump Hard Hat, which features a baseball-cap style peak which helps keep the sun off your face whilst you work, keeping you cool and safe at the same time.
- Stay in the shade where possible: Hot days are hot days and, ultimately, there’s little you can do about that. However, it’s always just that much worse when you’re in the blazing So, where possible, try to stick to the shade. Whether that’s completing a job inside rather than outside or simply adjusting your position as the sun moves through the sky.
- Stay hydrated: Hot weather and physical activity mean one thing: exhaustion. Oh, and sweat. Lots of sweat. That’s why it’s vital that you keep a bottle of water on the go at all times. Very few of us are drinking enough water as it is, let alone in the hot weather. It’s recommended that you drink at least 3.7 litres of water a day. Doing so will ensure you stay alert, active and healthy in the sun.
- Wear appropriate clothing: Warmer weather means fewer clothes, right? Wrong! In hot weather, it’s important to make sure that you’re wearing the right workwear for the job. Look for light, breathable clothing which covers as much of your body as possible, as this will help you stay cool and protect your skin.