Construction regularly features in lists of jobs you don’t want during a heatwave, and this year’s summer burst is arguably the hottest we’ve seen in years.
London has been close to equalling and beating its highest ever recorded temperatures, whilst many of Europe’s big cities have seen the thermometers tipping 40 degrees on several occasions.
Fear not though, it’s not all doom and gloom as here at NTR we’ve come up with some top tips for you to keep your cool in these less than friendly working conditions.
TIP 1 – Dress for the occasion
Whilst we’re not suggesting you ditch the hard hats and any other vital uniform you may need, some common sense can be had with the dress code.
Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing if possible, with short sleeves to try and get as much ventilation as possible.
It’s also best to avoid wearing black, as it attracts the heat, instead opt for more cooling whites.
TIP 2 – Stay hydrated
This cannot be stressed enough, especially as temperatures continue to soar. Make sure you take a drink often, at least every 20 minutes, with water being the best option to keep you hydrated.
If you’re sweating excessively then you may need to replace some of your body salts, so an isotonic drink like Lucozade can be another good option.
Try and avoid alcohol (obviously), as well as fizzy drinks and coffee, as these can all dehydrate you.
Drinking constantly may make you need the toilet more, but it’s a price worth paying to ensure you don’t fall foul of dehydration or even worse heat stroke.
TIP 3 – Protect yourself
We don’t mean hard hats and steel toe boots here, sun cream should be worn at all times whilst working in this heat.
Not only does it protect you from harmful skin cancers, but the likelihood of you getting burnt will also be significantly lower. Those who have worked with sunburn in the past will know, it’s not an enjoyable experience.
Try and choose a product that is at least SPF 30, which will protect yourself from harmful UV rays.
TIP 4 – Find shade whenever possible
The shade is your best friend when on a construction site. Wherever possible, try and find a shaded area to complete your work, even if it means moving the workbench etc.
When you get your lunch or break, again try and find a cool and dry area. There’s no need to be in the sun any longer than necessary, so use this time wisely to give your body a welcome break from the heat.
TIP 5 – Early start, early dart!
This may not apply to everyone, especially those with stricter work patterns, but if your company or job allows it, try and start as early as possible.
Not only will it be cooler when you start, but you’ll avoid working through the hottest part of the day.
It’s also nice to get an early finish right, allowing you to enjoy the rest of the beer garden or BBQ weather, what’s not to like about that?
Do you have any tips for staying cool in the summer heat? Get in touch or let us know via social media!