PRACTICAL TIPS FOR WORKING IN WARM OR HOT CONDITIONS
The fact that it’s hot is not necessarily an indication that it is dangerous to work outside. The most important factor to take into account is the sun. One of the main risks when working in an open or unprotected area is that someone can get a heat stroke, also called heat illness. A heat stroke can have various effects on a person before really kicking in. Often starting with red or dry skin, followed by a headache and dizziness. All types of symptoms which aren’t welcome when you are working at height.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF?
Select the right gear based on the conditions you are facing. Wear head gear to protect your head from the heat and wear protective (sun) glasses to prevent the risk of being temporary blinded causing dangerous situations that can lead to a fall to a fall.
2. SKIN PROTECTION
A heat stroke starts with a sun burn. Your skin has been exposed to sunlight for a longer period and has absorbed too much heat causing a burning feeling and a (red) look. Be sure to use proper skin protection on all exposed limbs before heading out, wear long pants and/or a shirt with long sleeves.
3. GO INSIDE
Even when properly prepared, take a break from your work every now and then and go inside or look for a shady spot. Have a (cold) drink and take the time to rest before heading back out in the sun.
4. DRINK ENOUGH
The human body runs on fluids. Being properly hydrated is the most important factor to withstand the power of the sun. Make sure you take brakes regularly to drink, preferably water. Never drink alcohol while working at height!
5. BEWARE, CHECK YOUR BUCKLES!
When adjusting your clothing to warm or hot conditions, for example against heat, beware of the fact that you might need to re-adjust the buckles of your safety harness! Using a harness that is not properly adjusted could increase the risk of serious injuries, such as Harness Suspension Trauma (HST).
6. COMPLY WITH REGULATIONS
Next to these practical tips always ensure that you comply with the local (and on site) regulations regarding safe working at height.
- SAFETY HELMET
- HIGH VISIBILITY JACKET
- PROTECTIVE GLOVES
- EYE PROTECTION
- SAFETY FOOTWEAR
- SAFETY HARNESS
(Source: “Fall Protection Systems: XSPlatforms.” Fall Protection, XSPlatforms, fallprotectionxs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/XSP-Practical-tips-for-working-in-warm-or-hot-conditions.pdf)
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