Enjoying the Sunshine Safely

Did you know that yesterday was reported to be the hottest April day in almost 70 years, here in the UK? Inspired by the beautiful weather, we thought now would be a great time to remind you all about staying safe in the sun.

If you’re anything like us, you’ll love clear blue skies and bright, sunny days. The advantage of sun-filled spring days is being able to see your garden come to life, and there’s little in life that puts a bigger smile on our face than nature blossoming and blooming in front of our eyes.

As delighted as Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, was to see her car temperature gauge at 27.5 degrees yesterday afternoon, it also made her think about those who spend their working hours outside, often to the detriment of their health.

“There are thousands upon thousands of workers who spend most of their time outside, whatever the weather.” Explains Bridget. “Although many people think it must be nice to work...

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Protect Yourself and Cover Up this Summer

The weather has been glorious in the UK recently; beautiful bright blue skies with the occasional light cloud passing through. Fast forward a couple of weeks to the summer holidays and typically the great British weather turns to skies full of light grey clouds, occasional rainfall and plenty of wind.

Thankfully this doesn’t put most of us off from going outside and enjoying all there is to offer. We love hearing people talk about their upcoming camping trips, days out, family picnics and barbecues, and seeing how these activities make them smile and feel happy.

It’s not just our outdoor leisure pursuits we need to consider protection for this summer, but our thousands upon thousands of workers who spend most of their hours outside, whatever the weather. Although it might sound lovely to work outside when the weather’s nice, it does come with some significant health risks as IOSH’s No Time To Lose campaign explains.

Did you know that 80% of the radiation...

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Working Outside this Summer

With the temperatures soaring across the UK this week, it seems a very apt time to be talking about the effects working outside in high temperatures during summer months can have on employees. All too often, employers and staff don’t consider the risks of being exposed to the sun, UV rays or high temperatures, so we’re making it our mission to educate as many people as possible this summer.

It’s true that blue skies and sunshine brighten any day for most of us. Whether against the crispest snow or a field of sunflowers, it seems to make people feel happier and smile more. However, working in the heat of summer is not quite the same as spending time outside with the family, whether camping, enjoying picnics, spending days out, or just relaxing at home in your garden.

Safety is about considering hazards, managing risk and having your procedures in place to control all you can, and the weather should play a large part in considerations all the time, not...

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