Tips on how to cope with the rising temperatures when working in the landscaping industry.
After soaring temperatures in the UK, it is clear that business as usual is difficult to keep up. With the landscaping industry being predominately based outside, how can workers stay safe in these abnormal highs? Here are some tips you and your employees can take to stay safe and battle the heatwave:
- Apply sunscreen at regular intervals to avoid burns and heatstroke
- Stay hydrated, Adults are recommended to drink around two litres of water a day.
- Wear a hat when working on outside projects to prevent direct sun contact with your head. This will help to combat headaches and will help to keep body temperature from raising.
- Where possible complete any admin work or work that can be done inside whilst temperatures are high. External work should not be a priority in extreme heat.
- When you must work outside take regular breaks and notice the first signs of heatstroke: Headache, dizziness, feeling sick, cramps in arms, legs or stomach, high temperature, fast breathing and being extremely thirsty.
- Avoid drinks that dehydrate you like caffeinated beverages; although it may be tempting to accept tea/coffee from a host, and landscaping work can be tiring at the best of times, try to avoid these drinks and instead request water if you feel thirsty.
- Wear light, loose fitting clothing where appropriate. In the industry, PPE is important – for example, when operating heavy machinery – but be mindful of times when this is not required, and you are safe to wear looser fit clothing. Perhaps a change of clothes in your bag for when the shift ends?
- Bring temperature down with a wet washcloth or paper towel. If you are on site at a client’s property, if appropriate, you could ask if they have access to these. Similarly spritzing a cold-water misting bottle on pressure points will help to bring overall temperature down.
- Stay out of direct sunlight. When completing outdoor work stick to covered or shady areas or operating large machinery that is covered whilst the temperatures are high. This will help prevent overheating and heat exhaustion.