When working outdoors, the weather can have a serious impact on employees, like heat stress which is an issue for people working in high temperatures.
Too much sunlight is harmful to your skin. It can cause skin damage including sunburn, blistering and increase the chances of skin cancer.
Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK, with over 15,419 cases and 2,459 a year.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke:
- Trouble speaking
- Elevated pulse rate
- Dizziness and/or vertigo
- Skin that’s hot to the touch
- Severe, migraine-like headaches
- Individual has stopped sweating
1. Don’t Drink Caffeine
If you’re at risk of dehydration, drink plenty of fluids such as water, try to avoid caffeine. This is a hard one because who doesn’t like a coffee in the morning?
Your energy is the most import thing to focus on when working in the heat, and caffeine isn’t the solution. Caffeine will dehydrate you quickly, whether it’s hot or iced it’s the death of your energy and will still lead to dehydration. The best replacement for a coffee in the morning is fruit.
Check out this blog post to see what fruit can give off energy. http://www.active.com/nutrition/articles/18-energy-boosting-fruits
It’s not about grabbing the iced water from the freezer you froze overnight in a bottle, it’s the most damaging thing to do to your body – it shocks your system it can affect your digestion, negatively affect the spleen, weakens your immune system, exacerbate existing health conditions.
More details about why you should drink ice cold water and why it’s bad for you. https://dailyhealthpost.com/4-hidden-ways-drinking-ice-cold-water-is-bad-for-you/
Or check out the best drinks to keep you cool in a heat wave. http://www.standard.co.uk/shopping/esbest/food-drink/heat-wave-hydration-the-best-drinks-to-keep-you-cool-in-hot-weather-10358112.html
Find drinks that are rich in electrolytes, like Gatorade or coconut water, These will not only give your body time to properly digest it, but it will also help to prevent cramping.
Electrolytes are certain nutrients (or chemicals) present in your body that have many important functions — from regulating your heartbeat to allowing your muscles to contract so you can move. The major electrolytes found within the body include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphate and chloride.
3. Wear Light Colour Clothes.
Dark colours absorb more heat than light coloured clothing. Some companies have dark coloured clothing which will make you hotter. It might be worth asking your manager about having dark clothing in the winter, and light coloured clothing in the summer. White, beige and light pastel colours are the best shades to wear to keep your skin cool.
If your working from home, take your socks off so that the heat can escape, if you’re feeling adventures the more you can strip off the better!
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