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How to protect your health

Protect yourself from heat

Strong heat can be dangerous for your health. You can suffer from heat stroke, collapse and become seriously ill. Therefore: protect yourself in good time from the heat. And: also pay attention to your colleagues.

This is how to protect yourself properly

  • If possible, work in the shade or ensure that there is enough shade in your workplace (for example with a sunshade).
  • Wear a hat or cap with neck protection
  • Do heavy work in the morning or evening, not around lunchtime
  • Spend your breaks in the shade
  • Take short breaks more often
  • Take drinking water with you for the whole day
  • Always drink plenty of water from time to time  

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At high temperatures the body can only give off heat with difficulty and is at risk of overheating. Collapse and heat stroke may be the result.

Protect yourself from the sun

You work outside a lot and in the sun for a long time. The sun shines most from April to October. UV rays have an effect here. UV is the abbreviation for ultra-violet. UV rays are rays of light. Humans cannot see these rays. But they are dangerous for your skin. The skin can get skin cancer as a result. This is the reason why you have to protect yourself from too much sun while you work.

Avoid the sun!

  • Shade your work area, for example with a sunshade.
  • Spend the breaks in the shade.

Wear clothes that cover your body!

Long trousers and long sleeves protect your skin.

Wear a hat with a wide brim or a cap with neck protection

Wear sunglasses!

Put on some sun cream!

  • Use a light protection factor (LPF) of 30 or more. The number is on the front of the tube.
  • Apply the cream before starting work.
  • Re-apply the cream every 2 hours

Drink enough throughout the day!  

Take plenty of water with you.

Look out for skin changes!

You have a patch of skin on your head, the back of your hand, your ear or face that feels rough like sandpaper, is reddish and scaly – have it checked by a dermatologist. This can be skin cancer.

Spare your back

Lifting and carrying can cause injury or illness. In the worst case you can no longer work. How to keep your back fit.

Get someone to help you 

Carry and lift heavy and awkward loads in pairs, i.e. two people. 

Use aids and appliances to help you

Use hand carts, sack trolleys and wheelbarrows to transport heavy loads.

Lift loads correctly 

This is how you lift a box correctly, for example: 

  1. Stand as close as possible to the box.
  2. Place your legs wide apart
  3. Push your buttocks slightly backwards when you squat down
  4. Make sure your back remains straight
  5. Also make sure that your knees do not protrude beyond the tips of your toes.
  6. Hold the box as close to your body as possible
  7. Do not lift heavy things with a jerk or upswing.

Lift loads in such a way that your back feels okay

  • Get into the step position when lifting the load. Your upper body remains straight.
  • Distribute the load evenly on both sides. Use two buckets instead of one.
  • Hold the load as close to your body as possible.

Video abspielen: Adjust the working height to your own height. 

Adjust the working height to your own height. 

Personen dehnen im Stehen die Wadenmuskulatur. Sie stehen auf dem Feld, im Hintergrund ein Traktor

Ensuring balance

Often the work puts a lot of strain on the muscles. Loosen up your muscles with small exercises every now and then while you work. This will help you prevent back pain. 

Protect yourself from ticks

Bild: Zecke auf der Haut

Ticks can transmit dangerous diseases, for example borreliosis (Lyme disease) or inflammation of the brain (early summer meningitis). This applies in particular in the period from March to October. Ticks live in tall grass and bushes. They look for a soft patch of skin and then attach themselves firmly.

How you protect yourself

  1. Use a tick repellent from the pharmacy
  2. Wear tight and closed clothing
  3. Check your clothes and body for ticks after work
  4. Get a second person to help you

If you have a tick

  • Remove the tick with tweezers or a tick card 
  • Disinfect the wound afterwards
  • Mark the bite location and keep it under observation
  • If there is any redness or swelling, consult a doctor immediately
  • Inform your foreman or your boss. He will enter the incident in a first-aid log book. This is important in case a serious illness occurs later as a result of the tick bite. 

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