It happens every year in the United Kingdom; after enduring a cold winter, the heatwaves soon come around. While the hazards of working in cold temperatures are well known, as part of your IPAF training in Newcastle, you should also be made aware of the risks of working in soaring temperatures.
Working outside means that you are in the sun all day which can present a number of health risks, such as sunburn, heat stroke and dehydration. In order to safeguard against potential risk, we at North East Access Training have compiled our essential guide to working in hot weather.
The number one piece of advice that anyone can give when the weather becomes hot is to stay hydrated. If possible, always keep a bottle of water handy on your person, unless this is absolutely not possible. Remember, feeling thirsty is just the first sign of dehydration, so take regular sips throughout the day.
Just behind staying hydrated is the use of sun cream. Sunburn can be extremely painful and cause health risks such as skin cancer and sunstroke. When you join in Newcastle for IPAF training, there is the potential to be outside for long periods in the blaring sun, making a good strong sun cream a necessity to have with you.
Metal Conducts Heat
The majority of access towers are made from metal, or at least have metal somewhere in their design. As metal (certain types more than others) conduct heat, it is important to remember that in direct sunlight access towers will become very hot to touch. Approach with caution and be wary of accidentally touching extremely hot surfaces, which could potentially leave a nasty burn.
Be Wary of Exhaustion
Heat-related demises account for around 2,000 deaths every year in England and Wales, with that figure likely to rise to 7,000 by 2050 at its current rate. Our bodies burn more calories in the heat, meaning that we lose energy much quicker than we might normally. If you feel nauseous, dizzy or think that you might faint, alert someone immediately for medical help.
Find Shade When Possible
Finally, look to find shade where possible. If you are working all day in the sun, look to move into a shaded area on your breaks. It is not good for your health to remain out in the sun all day, especially whilst wearing heavy clothing.
For more information on our IPAF training courses in Newcastle, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0191 4421989 via our contact page.