This week has seen the return of warm, sunny weather to the UK – just in time for Sun Awareness Week. From May 14th-20th many will be looking to remind people of the dangers of sun exposure and advise on how to stay safe.
For those working outside there’s a lot more to consider than just getting sunburn, which itself is a serious issue. Extreme heat can also cause exhaustion, with those out in the sun at risk of developing heat stroke.
It takes just two hours for those engaged in moderate work to begin to feel the initial stages of heat stress, which if not treated rapidly can result in unconsciousness.
Safety in the Sun – 6 Tips for Working in Hot Weather
Keep hydrated, cool water is best for this. When it’s hot, aim to have a drink every 15-20 minutes – even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid tea, coffee or soda as these are diuretics and can make you more dehydrated.
Reschedule jobs to cooler parts of the day or implement a rotation system
Personal safety devices play a critical role in lone worker safety and can save lives in an emergency. False alarms however, cause unnecessary worry, particularly for employers trying to track down a member of staff to make sure they are safe.
Although it’s impossible to eradicate the issue completely, users should aim to limit the number of false activations and ensure they know what to do if an alarm is set off by accident, so this can be dealt with swiftly.
Tips for Reducing and Managing False Activations
Choosing the right device
It’s important to get it right from the start. Select a device that strikes a balance, making it easy to raise an alert but not so much so that this happens on its own accord. Ideally the best solution would require employees to press and hold a button for an extended period of time. If possible, it’s recommended to try before you buy so you can see how a device will perform in your working environment. There are plenty of options available on
To keep you safe when working alone, we’ve come up with a series of quick and easy tips on what you should and shouldn’t do when lone working.
Do let people know your whereabouts
Make sure that at least one other person is aware that you’re working alone, where you’ll be doing this and how long for, in case something goes wrong and you need help.
Do your own mini risk assessment
Before you start, identify any possible safety issues and inform someone if you discovery anything that could be potentially unsafe.
Do follow relevant safety training and guidelines
It’s easy to forget or ignore health and safety advice, particularly if you’re doing a task that you’ve done many times before, but it’s important to remember your training at all times and follow appropriate safety guidelines.
Do carry a personal alarm
If you get into a difficult situation personal alarms can be a lifesaver, these provide you will a quick and easy way to get assistance should you need to
Today workers around the world come together and show solidarity in remembrance of those who have been killed or injured at work.
Every year more people are said to lose their lives as a result of accidents in the workplace than in wars. Sadly, many of these accidents could be prevented, which is why highlighting the importance of employee safety is so vital.
Recognised on April 28th – International Worker’s Memorial Day aims to raise public awareness of safety in the workplace and campaign for measures to increase protection, including stricter enforcement of regulations and higher penalties for breaches.
To mark the day, a series of events, demonstrations and vigils will be taking place along across the globe, with some observing a minute’s silence.
Why is International Workers Memorial Day important?
The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates the following:
78 million men and women globally die every year as a result of work related accidents and diseases
Most of us will probably be familiar with the idea of screech alarms. The concept is simple, if threatened a user activates a small device which emits a loud piercing noise in an attempt to scare off an attacker.
This type of alarm is commonly issued to those who are concerned about their personal safety. However, when it comes to protecting those working alone, is a more advanced safety solution required?
Limitations of passive alarms
The sound given off by screech alarms is deliberately unpleasant to the ears and can startle an attacker. This gives a victim the chance to escape and also alerts others in the immediate area that someone is in trouble.
However, the problem with passive alarms is that if there’s no one nearby, then no one can help. Even if a person is able to get away from the initial threat, they may be badly injured and require urgent medical assistance.
Alarms can also be easily silenced or muffled if an assailant places their hand over it. In busy cities their effectiveness is reduced further