Hot summers can be harmful to your health. The situation becomes even worse when you have to work in hazardous places such as construction sites and oil and gas industries. Such jobs require tough physical work due to which the body heats up. This can cause dehydration and the situation can become even more problematic if you are wearing PPE (Personal Protection Equipment).
You might want to take off your PPE but can’t because of the unexpected hazardous situation. Work gloves, jackets, hats, and other safety PPE can make your body parts sweaty, making it uncomfortable to work with.
Many workers find it hard to keep themselves hydrated as well as work while wearing PPE.This blog post sheds light on how you can manage your PPE and hydration levels during the summer.
How Can Long Exposure To Sun Affect You?
Long exposure to the sun can affect your skin and your health. It not only dehydrates you but can also lead to more serious conditions such as:
- Heat exhaustion
- Heat rash
- Low blood pressure
Moreover, long exposure to the sun can cause other diseases such as skin cancer, sun poisoning, sunburns, and more.
How To Manage Hydration And PPE In Summer
Manage Work With PPE
It may be hard for you to work in hot environmental conditions while wearing PPE. However, it would be unsafe for you to work without wearing it. Let’s see how you can manage your work while also wearing PPE.
Buy Good Quality PPE
Buy good quality PPE for one time. Such PPE is moisture-wicking and has absorbing liners that can absorb sweat and keep you cool. Check out our online store SFM Workwear to get the right PPE for your job site.
Choose Light Colors
If you are planning to buy PPE for summer, choose light-colored clothing. Dark colors absorb more heat and thus make you feel hot. Choose light-colored shirts, jackets, headgear, and hats.
Choose Moisture-Wicking Fabric
Moisture-wicking fabrics have the quality of absorbing your sweat and keeping your clothes cooler. They are breathable and easy to care for. You can easily remove stains from such fabrics.
Keep Your Hair Short
Summers are a time for short hair. Wearing PPE and having long hair can be hard for you. Keep your hair short during the summer months otherwise, your head will become more sweaty. Wear breathable PPE bump caps to allow airflow.
Replace Fluids With A Healthy Diet
While water is the best fluid to keep yourself hydrated, other minerals and vitamins are also vital to balance your diet. For this, you can use fluid replacement juices or some other food items that can give you the energy you need on the job site.
The following are some food items that can give you the energy you need to make it through your work day:
- Greek yogurt
- Fresh fruits
- Brown rice
Such items can save you from low blood pressure and other problems caused by dehydration.
Keeping yourself hydrated can solve half of your issues in summer. When you give your body the required amount of fluid, it uses it as an energy source to perform the job. Choose low sugar and cool beverages to drink and eat fluid-rich foods. Moreover, wash your face every time you get a chance to refresh yourself. Take regular breaks and if possible, take a shower.