Top 3 Tips For Keeping Cool

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:

  • Chills
  • 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

2. Rehydrate.

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.

source: https://draxe.com/electrolyte-imbalance/

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!

 


You can learn even more by visiting the MyTeamSafe website at http://bit.ly/what-is-lone-working – you can try our lone working solution free for 30 days, with text (SMS), email and push notifications.

 

 

 

 

 

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Increase safety, reduce stress.

You might think that employee safety (especially for lone workers) is just for the benefit of your staff, but what if I was to tell you that improved safety and employee perceptions of your work culture can improve job satisfaction (for them) and productivity (for your company).

Well, it’s not made up, it’s true – you can read more here http://www.innovationmanagement.se/2015/02/24/how-a-safe-workplace-can-lead-to-more-innovation

Of course, stress can come in many forms, money, work, family, health, etc. In this blog we are focusing on lone worker safety, reducing their stress by ensuring that they are being regularly looked after.

Just the other day I was speaking to someone who was accidentally locked in a toilet, they broke the handle and couldn’t get out.  It sounds trivial, but what if that employee needed regular medical attention (e.g. diabetic), what if that employee couldn’t get the attention of someone else?  What if there wasn’t anyone else in vocal range?  What if someone just locked up the building for the weekend?

With MyTeamSafe, if the employee doesn’t check-in within the allotted time period, escalations are introduced.  Maybe initially the escalation goes to their own mobile, to remind them to check-in.  That’s probably not much comfort if their phone is still sitting on their desk.  However, the next escalation could inform their supervisor – this is when the supervisor then intervenes and tries to communicate with the employee.

If the Employee can’t respond (he’s still locked in the Bathroom!), then the employer can check the last known GPS location and investigate, send someone else, or perhaps the emergency services.

By having a safety tool like MyTeamSafe, staff can be assured that should something happen, someone will be alerted.  This offers peace of mind and reduces stress.

Protecting your lone workers

Maybe you have higher risk roles in your workplace, so you might want to check up on them every one or two hours? Maybe you want to escalate to the supervisor quicker?  Maybe you want to send a text message to a few critical members of staff?

With MyTeamSafe the choice is yours, you can simply set up escalation strategies, such as “if late by x minutes” then I want “to do something”.  The ‘something’ is to send a push notification to someone’s smartphone, send an SMS message, or send an email.  Each escalation can contain a custom message.

When staff know they are being monitored, to ensure their safety, they are less stressed, less concerned with accidents, and more assured if an accident does occur, help will be on the way. This peace of mind does wonders for not only the employees but the supervisor.

Having a strong and reliable monitoring system like MyTeamSafe gives your lone workers more confidence and trust into your company. This would help decrease the pressure and stress from your lone worker knowing that their safety is a high priority as well as emergency contacts that will be contacted in case of an accident.

In addition to standard lone working strategies, a special ‘panic’ strategy can be created.  To initiate the panic mode, you can shake your phone three times, or send the SMS message ‘panic’ to the MyTeamSafe phone contact.

You define exactly how the escalations happen in a panic scenario too.  If you want the supervisor informed immediately via SMS, push notifications and email, you can.  Maybe you’ll send another update 5 minutes later, perhaps you’ll involve a second supervisor 15 minutes later, maybe 20 minutes later you will inform more people, you get the idea – it’s up to you to setup the escalations, to dovetail with your company policies.

Companies can use applications like MyTeamSafe to reduce risk, keep their lone workers safe, and provide an overall sense of security over the entire organisation.

If your safety policies do not include these kinds of safety measures, then your employees are in danger, perhaps it’s exaggerating their stress too.

Give them and your company a peace of mind knowing they are being protected wherever they are working.


You can learn even more by visiting the MyTeamSafe website at http://bit.ly/what-is-lone-working – you can try our lone working solution free for 30 days, with text (SMS), email and push notifications.

 

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What is a lone worker?

The health and safety executive (HSE) define a lone worker as:

“Those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision, either employees who work separately from others in an establishment or mobile workers who work away from a fixed base.”

  

•Employees who may be classed as Lone Workers include the following:

•Caretakers with the responsibility of opening and closing a building.

•Staff working outside of normal hours.

•Cleaning staff.

•Staff working in an isolated part of a building.

•School staff working during holiday periods.

A lone worker is not just someone who is staying late, or coming in at the weekend, but can be someone working when others are in the same building, but some distance away, out of immediate contact.

If there is potential for an accident to occur particularly if the worker will not be able to raise the alarm or be found quickly, then appropriate precautions must be taken as if they are a lone worker.

Tasks Prohibited When Working Alone

Below is an example of some tasks that cannot be carried out when working alone. A risk assessment must be carried out to establish if the work can go ahead.

•Work at Height.

•Work underground.

•Work on electrical, gas or plumbing systems.

•Work involving chemicals/dangerous substances, or the transport thereof.

•Work involving excavations or areas likely to cause a landslip or cave in.

•Work using ladders.

What responsibilities do lone workers have?

The employer holds the main responsibility but, lone workers also have a responsibility to help their employer fulfill this duty, here are some examples:

•Take reasonable care to look after their own safety and health.

•Co-operate with their employer’s safety and health procedure.

•Safeguard the safety and health of other people affected by their work.

•Not misuse equipment provided for their safety and health.

•Report all accidents, injuries, near-misses and other dangerous occurrences.

•Use tools and other equipment properly, in accordance with any relevant safety instructions and training they have been given.


You can learn even more by visiting the MyTeamSafe website at http://bit.ly/what-is-lone-working – you can try our lone working solution free for 30 days, with text (SMS), email and push notifications.

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