Sun safety

An amber warning for extreme heat has been issued for some areas – remember to protect yourself and stay safe in the sun

An amber warning for extreme heat has been issued for the West Midlands, South Wales and South West England which is active until Thursday 22 July. 

In areas experiencing temperatures in the high 20s and above, managers must complete a severe weather risk assessment

Please remind all colleagues to cover, up, apply sun cream and stay well hydrated, and to follow the guidance below:

How to protect yourself from the sun: 

  • Cover up: wear loose, cool clothing to keep the sun off your skin
  • Protect your head: wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and sunglasses
  • Seek shade: come out of the sun when it’s at its hottest and take your break in the shade
  • Use sunscreen: use sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 and reapply frequently. You can also check the UV forecast for your area here
  • Be skin safe: report any mole changes or any other skin concerns
  • Prevent dehydration: drink plenty of fluids and plan refills (refillable water bottles are available via the uniform ordering website).

It’s not only the sun that may cause a hindrance to some. Lots of colleagues are affected by hay fever at this time of year. Ease your symptoms by following some of the following tips:

  • Be prepared and monitor the pollen count  
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
  • Shower and change your clothes after you've been outside.

If hay fever persists, please speak to your pharmacist. 

20 Jul 2021