With summer only a couple weeks away and temperatures on the rise, staying cool is crucial when working outside. Millions of hard working individuals sweat everyday while on the job and risk being exposed to extreme heat and heat-related illness. According to the Iowa State University Environmental Health and Safety, heat stress occurs when the body is under duress from overheating. Heat-related illnesses include heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat rash, or heat stroke. Symptoms can range from sweating, dizziness, cessation of sweating, and collapse. Because construction is labor intensive, this can cause the body to generate excessive heat, especially when working outdoors during the hottest times of the year. Other construction jobs may expose workers to heat sources that are part of the work process, such as welding, cutting torches or hot asphalt contained in roofing kettles and paving machines.
The CDC created a list of safety guidelines when working in extreme temperatures – The following should be considered by employers, safety and health professionals when taking steps to protect workers from the adverse health effects of working in the heat:
- Engineering and work practice controls
- Training and acclimatization (allowing the body to gradually adjust to the heat)
- Measuring and assessing heat stress
- Medical monitoring and heat-protective clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Whether you work inside or outdoors, you’re bound to have some sweltering days ahead of you. Although you can’t always control the temperature, you can control your own comfort with the heat protection gear available from Construction Gear. At Construction Gear, we carry different types of cooling products such as, Cooling Bandannas, Cooling Towels, Hard Hat Accessories, and Cooling Safety Vests. Our Cooling Towels are the perfect way to fight the heat in a hot environment. Simply soak in cool water, ring out the excess, and enjoy! These towels are reusable so you don’t have to worry about replacing them after each use. We also have a fantastic selection of bandannas and cooling vests from trusted name brands like Miracool, Ergodyne, and Occunomix. These high visibility vests can be submerged in water and rung out to retain a lower temperature to give you relief from the stifling heat! We also have cooling packs for those scorching days!
Ergodyne Chill-Its Dry Evaporative Cooling Vest
The Ergodyne Chill-Its Dry Evaporative Cooling Vest provides reprieve on those hot days when you need it most. The long lasting cooling effect lasts up to 3 days and is easy to use! Simply fill the vest with 13-20 oz. of water to activate. Do not clean the inside reservoir because it is treated with anti-microbial to prevent mold growth. Common applications for this vest include construction, trades, maintenance, landscaping, assembly, fabrication, freight, baggage, warehousing and iron/steel fabrication. Stay cool and protected this summer with products from Construction Gear!
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