Australia is known for its beautiful weather and hot summers. As much as we all love this, we are well aware of the effects that working outside on a hot day can have on performance and safety.
In this blog we would like to go over some tips to help reduce the risk of heat stress and manage hydration on hot summer days.
We recommend thinking about the following techniques before scaffolding on a hot day:
It is very important to educate yourself and your co-workers about hydration management and heat stress. Being aware of the signs of dehydration and sun stroke is critical.
Thirst is a relatively late yet important sign of dehydration, the body has likely already reached a 2% dehydration and is a warning signal that sufficient fluids are not being consumed. Other symptoms can include reduced cognitive functions (concentration, alertness and reaction times) increased heart rate, and loss of strength and/or stamina.
Dehydration at levels as low as 3% have a significant impact on abilities, being comparable to blowing 0.08 on a breathalyser.
Dehydration at 4% creates confusion and ruins co-ordination and reaction times.
Dehydration at 15% will result in Death.
Here at Aluminium Access we want all of our employees and others to be safe while working on scaffold. So whilst you are on the job, stay hydrated and be aware of the dangers that come with working in the heat, especially at heights.