With the record breaking temperatures workers have been experiencing this week we’ve put together some cool tips for your staff pass them on and keep your workplace a hot head free zone this summer.
Our usual indicator of how hot we are is perspiration but in very hot weather this trigger isn’t always reliable as the perspiration evaporates as quickly as it appears on the skin leaving the skin feeling dry. This can give a false indicator of how hot we really are so be aware, if you are perspiring without realising you will be losing vital fluids that are not being replaced.
1. Drink, drink, drink!
No, not alcohol that will only dehydrate you more!
Drinking plenty of water while you work is always important, but vita in this heat and don’t wait until you’re thirsty, as that means you’re already dehydrated. Dehydration is bad for your looks, health, and productivity at work. Dehydration can cause many problems, including dry skin, skin flushing, fatigue, headaches,
nausea, muscle cramps, and increased heart rate. So keep cool and stay looking and feeling good.
2. Quick cool down
Put your hands in Run your wrists and hands under a cold tap for a minute. Blood vessels are close to the surface of the skin at this point so it’s a quick way to cool your core temperature and it helps cool the blood. You can also use ice if you have it.
3. Shut out the heat
Shut blinds, curtains and shutters first in the morning to prevent a greenhouse effect Studies found that covering windows can reduce heat entering the house by 80%. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
4. Dress for the occasion
Wear lightweight, light-coloured clothes made from natural fibles such as cotton linen or silk. Heat is trapped by synthetic fibres,
Keep your head covered when you’re outside and choose flat comfortable shoes with a little give in them as your feet may swell.
5. Get unplugged
Turn off any appliances that are not being used. Phone chargers, computers laptops etc and anything in a standby mode It can reduce room temperature by at least one degree – and every little helps when its sweltering.