Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past month or so, you will have noticed that we’re having some extremely hot weather. Most of us will have been very happy with this but spare a thought for all the manual outdoor workers who will have been getting a bit of a sweat on. Exerting the body at temperatures up to 30 degrees can seriously take its toll on our well-being. Keeping hydrated is of the utmost importance as well as wearing the correct workwear clothing.
Shorts and t-shirts sounds like just the ticket, but it’s probably not that wise a decision. Due to Health & Safety some construction companies and sites may not allow this anyway. If you have pale skin, you can risk a nasty sunburn even when wearing sun protection factor and any of us could come down with sunstroke if exposed for too long. its advised not to expose the skin for too long a period of time.
So, what you need is some suitable clothing to work in. Firsts things first if your job doesn’t require you to wear a safety hat, throw on a wide brim hat or regular cap to keep the sun of your bonce. You can even get those that have a flap to protect your neck. You’ll get to look like you’re on leave from the French foreign legion too! Bonus.
Next up I would recommend a pair of safety glasses that come with a minimum of UV400 protection to look after your peepers. The sun’s rays can be very damaging to our sensitive eyes.
When it comes to clothing you need to stay cool and dry and the clothing you choose is all important. Plump for clothing that as wicking properties, this helps funnel sweat away from your skin, helping you stay dry and less irritated. Try to find kit that is breathable and well ventilated as this can keep you feeling cool and less stressed when the temperature is maxing! If your job requires you to wear a high visibility vest, you can now purchase the breathable mesh fabrics that come with large ventilated holes.
It’s advised that you wear a long sleeve top to keep harmful rays of your forearms. Keeping the skin covered can help prevent Non-melanoma skin cancer the most common type of cancer.
To finish on a light-hearted note, did you hear about the brickie’s who were told no shorts allowed on site? Miffed that the ladies in the office could wear skirts but they couldn’t wear shorts they arrived to work the next day kitted out in women’s skirts! Read the story here.
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