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Protect your employees from heat exposure

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As we move closer to the warmer months, the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke increases. Excessive heat and sun pose many dangers: sunburn, dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Workers can become unwell due to heat exposure, when often it can be prevented.

When working in warm conditions employees should be taking regular breaks and cool down periods and it’s important for workers to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Where employees are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of their job, businesses should take into consideration PPE which is adaptable to changes in temperature.

Here are some useful tips to ensure employees stay cool on warm days:

  • Supply Workwear & PPE which is breathable. This will help to preserve the overall body temperature and keep it at a moderate level.
  • Where possible provide broad-brimmed hats. These are ideal to wear in sunny conditions, as they limit the amount of direct sun exposure. Hard hats with ventilation also improves air circulation, and help to maintain workers body temperature.
  • Lightweight, fast-drying clothing aids in keeping employees cool. During the summer months, workers sweat more. Sweating causes the body to work even harder to stay cool, as it adds an insulating layer to the skin.
  • Provide cool drinks, to replenish fluids lost through sweating. Tea, coffee and sugary drinks should be avoided, as they act as diuretics and creates the need for more fluids.

Visit our online shop to find out more about ZenOffice’s range of PPE. Or to discuss your requirements in more detail, contact your Account Manager.

Source:
www.safetyequipment.org/knowledge-center-items/