Keep Your Cool

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Keep Your Cool

When you work outdoors in summer, you must take steps to protect yourself from heat-related illness and the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation (UV).

Drink Up

Thirsty or not, drink plenty of water – a cup for every 15 to 20 minutes. Avoid caffeine which can dehydrate you.

Acclimatize

It takes time to adjust to working in heat. Work with your supervisor to gradually increase your work load and heat exposure.

Cover Up and Protect

Wear light, loose-fitting clothing, UV rated safety glasses, and a wide-brim hat. Apply sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 and UVA / UVB protection. Re-apply every 2 hours and after sweating.

Shield from Sun

Set up shades, structures or use umbrellas, or trees to shield you from the rays of sun. You can get sunburn even on a cloudy day.

Time it Right

Avoid the sun and strenuous tasks between 11:00am and 4:00pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

Cool Off

Take breaks to rest and cool off in the shade or in air-conditioned building or vehicles. Don’t over-exert yourself.