As summer sets in and temperatures rise, it’s crucial for construction and groundworks teams to take proactive measures to stay safe while working in warmer weather. At Kenward, we prioritise health and safety, not only to protect our workers but also to demonstrate our commitment to clients. Here’s a comprehensive guide to staying safe in the heat.

  • Protect Your Skin: Working outdoors means prolonged exposure to the sun. Always wear sunscreen with a high SPF rating and reapply it regularly throughout the day. Sunburn can not only be painful but can also increase the risk of skin cancer over time. Protective clothing, including long sleeves and wide-brimmed hats, can also help shield your skin from harmful UV rays.
  • Eye Protection: Your eyes are just as susceptible to damage from the sun as your skin. Wear safety glasses with UV protection to shield your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. This is especially important when working in reflective environments or on surfaces like concrete and metal, which can intensify the sun’s glare.
  • Stay Hydrated: Dehydration is a significant risk during warm weather. Ensure you drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Dehydration can impair cognitive and physical performance, leading to accidents and injuries. Provide workers with easy access to cool drinking water and encourage regular hydration breaks.

  • Rest in Shaded Areas: Taking breaks in shaded areas allows you to cool down and recover from the heat. These areas provide respite from the sun’s heat and give the body a chance to recover. Make sure to remove personal protective equipment during breaks to help your body cool down more effectively.

Plan Work Wisely:

  • Schedule physically demanding tasks during cooler parts of the day, such as early mornings or late afternoons.

  • Provide more frequent rest breaks during the hottest parts of the day.

  • Encourage workers to pace themselves and take regular breaks.

Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses:

Heatstroke is a severe and potentially fatal condition. Be vigilant for signs of dizziness, fatigue, excessive sweating, muscle cramps, heat rash, severe thirst, fainting, heat exhaustion (fatigue, dizziness, nausea, headache, moist skin), and heat stroke (hot dry skin, confusion, convulsions, and eventual loss of consciousness). Promptly address any symptoms and seek medical attention if necessary.

Heat stress can affect people differently:

Some are more susceptible than others. Typical symptoms include an inability to concentrate, muscle cramps, heat rash, severe thirst, fainting, and heat exhaustion. Heat stroke is the most severe form of heat-related illness and requires immediate medical attention.

By staying informed, vigilant, and proactive about safety, we can ensure that everyone on site remains healthy and safe, regardless of the weather. Share these tips with your team and clients, and let’s promote a culture of safety and well-being at Kenward.

Stay safe and keep building with care!