Agriculture – working outdoors in the summer

Essential Safety Tips for safety in Warmer Weather

When working outdoors in warmer weather, it is crucial to prioritise safety measures specifically tailored to this time of year. Protecting yourself from the sun, heat, and insect bites is essential during these seasons. Here are some helpful tips to keep you safe and comfortable:

Sun Safety:

  • Cover up: Opt for lightweight, tightly woven clothing that provides ample coverage.
  • Use sunscreen: Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Follow the application directions carefully.
  • Wear a hat: Protect your neck, ears, forehead, nose, and scalp by wearing a hat that offers shade.
  • Sport UV-absorbent shades: Invest in sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation. Read the product label before purchasing.

Heat Protection:

  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty to combat the heat and humidity.
  • Wear breathable clothing: Opt for light, loose-fitting attire made from breathable fabrics like dry-fit materials.
  • Consume smaller meals: Prioritise lighter meals before engaging in strenuous physical activities.
  • Choose water over caffeine and fizzy drinks: Avoid beverages that dehydrate you and opt for water instead.
  • Be cautious with protective equipment: Keep in mind that certain equipment, such as respirators or work suits, may increase heat stress.

Preventing Heat-Related Illness: The combination of heat and humidity can pose significant health risks during summer months. Staying properly hydrated is your best defense against heat-related illness. Increase your water intake by drinking at least eight 250-mL glasses of water per day, and even more when temperatures rise.

Protection against Ticks:

  • Dress appropriately: Wear light-coloured clothing to spot ticks more easily and cover your body with long sleeves and trousers.
  • Take care of your feet: Tuck trouser legs into socks or boots, and wear high boots or closed shoes that offer full coverage.
  • Use tick repellents: Apply tick repellents to exposed skin, avoiding the face. Check the product instructions for proper usage.
  • Launder work clothes thoroughly: Wash and dry your work clothes at high temperatures to eliminate ticks.
  • Perform tick checks: After work, examine your body for ticks. Promptly remove any attached ticks using tweezers. If you develop a rash after a tick bite, consult a doctor as ticks may transmit Lyme disease in certain regions.

Preventing Insect Bites and Stings:

  • Apply insect repellent: Use insect repellents to ward off bites and stings.
  • Avoid strong scents: Refrain from wearing heavy perfumes or scented lotions, which may attract insects.
  • Check your drinkware: Before consuming, ensure cups, bottles, or cans do not contain stinging insects attracted to sweet drinks.

By following these helpful tips, you can enjoy the warmer weather safely and minimise potential health risks associated with sun exposure, heat, and insect-related concerns. Stay vigilant and take care of yourself during this time of year.


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