With these safety tips, we hope your outdoor work will be safe and productive this summer

Summer can be a great time for landscaping, lawn care and garden maintenance . However, summer comes with challenges due to heat and other environmental factors.

Here’s how to avoid some of the dangers of working outdoors in summer.

1. Wear Boots

A pair of thongs are a typical part of every Australian summer so it’s tempting to wear them when working outdoors. Whilst thongs may be comfortable safety boots provide better protection.

2. Apply Sunscreen

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia has one of the highest levels of UV exposure in the world.¹ Whether you’re outside for work or leisure, applying sunscreen will afford some protection from the harmful effects of the sun.

3. Wear a Hat

Did you know that wearing a hat helps to reduce the likelihood of sunstroke? It’s better for the sun to beat down on your hat instead of your head. The Cancer Council’s recommended hat types are bucket and wide-brimmed hats. Baseball caps don’t offer enough protection.²

4. Stay Hydrated

Keeping hydrated helps to prevent fatigue or heat stress. When working outdoors in summer, make sure hydration products such as electrolyte mixes, drink coolers and bottled water are at the top of your list.

5. Have First Aid Nearby

Summer. The sun is out, as are the mosquitoes, bees and ants. There’s also the potential snake in the grass, not to mention all the usual knocks and bumps that go with outdoor work. For the holiday season, you should have a first aid kit handy to help yourself and others.

With these safety tips, we hope your outdoor work will be safe and productive this summer. Now get out there and start crossing off those outdoor summer jobs!

For a range of safety products for the worksite, office and home, call us on 1800 531 484 or visit seton.net.au.

Sources:

1. “About UV and sun protection times”. Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 12 January 2018.

2. “Sun Protective Hats”. SunSmart, Cancer Council Victoria. Retrieved 12 January 2018.

Disclaimer: The content on this website is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice or an opinion of any kind. Always consult a Work Health and Safety Professional when making purchasing decisions for safety products.

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Sam Saxena