Some might like it hot, but extreme heat can overpower the human body.

Workers need to keep their cool in summer and safeguard themselves against potentially life-threatening heat stress.

The human body functions properly if the temperature deep within it is maintained between about 37 and 38°C. Heat stress occurs when the deep-body temperature rises above about 38°C. Working in a hot environment can cause the body to overheat, or suffer heat stress. Heat exhaustion can result if fluids are not taken to replace those lost by sweating. In the extreme, heatstroke may occur, and this condition can be fatal.

Being cool and protected at work...Tips to Stay Cool

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. Alcohol and caffeine constrict blood vessels near the skin reducing the amount of heat the body can release. Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-coloured clothing.
  • Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat instead of a baseball hat, which only covers the front of the face.
  • Take frequent breaks if you work outdoors, and use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
  • Wear personal cooling products designed to keep you cool, such as Cool N' Safe Neck Tie Coolers or Personal Cooling Products Exotherm Cool Vests.
  • Learn the symptoms of heat disorders, including headaches, excessive sweating or no sweating, rapid pulse, dizziness, nausea, muscle cramps, confusion, fever and fatigue. Know how to give first aid. If symptoms persist, always seek medical advice, as heat stroke can kill !

Sun Protection at Work is vital.

Australia and New Zealand have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Despite being an almost entirely preventable disease it continues to affect at least two in every three Australians by the age of 70. Of all new cancers diagnosed in Australia each year, 80% are skin cancers.

Employees who work outdoors for all or part of the day have a higher than average risk of skin cancer. All skin types can be damaged by exposure to solar UVR. Damage is permanent and irreversible and increases with each exposure.

Occupational health and safety legislation in Australia requires employers, as part of their duty of care, to provide and maintain, as far as is practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risks to health.

Appropriate clothing must factor in both the need to screen out solar UV radiation and the need for coolness in hot conditions. Personal Cooling Products shade, cool and protect.

Hats provide shade and the bigger the brim, the greater the amount of shade that is provided. Aussie designed Cool Hats are the perfect hat to use for working outdoors.

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