Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Safety Tips - April 2014

Working outside in high temperatures can cause serious health problems. These problems can be minmised by doing the following:

  • Plan to work either early in the morning or late in the day, remember that only "mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun".
  • Make a conscious effort to drink plenty of fluids. BUT - avoid drinking fluids that contain alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar as these can actually cause you to lose more body fluid than you take in.
  • Don't push yourself too hard and take breaks often. Try to rest in shaded areas that have a breeze so that your body's thermostat has a good opportunity to recover.
  • Wear light, breathable clothing and a hat. Avoid synthetic material where possible.
  • Most importantly, pay attention to the signs of heat-related illness including extremely high body temperature, headache, paleness and sweating, rapid pulse, muscle cramps, headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, confusion and fainting.

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