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HiVis Hank’s 8 Tips for Keeping Warm on the Jobsite

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Not looking forward to working outside this winter? Already dreading the bitter chill of Mother Nature? Your buddy HiVis Hank has some real, honest-to-goodness tips that you can use on the job site this winter to stay warm and safe. Check out these 8 tips that anyone, even a bigfoot, can use to avoid cold-related illnesses and injuries due to cold, outdoor conditions.

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3 Steps To Layer High Visibility Clothing & Maximize Safety

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Whether you work roadside construction, emergency response or haul inventory in a warehouse, high visibility safety apparel (HVSA) should definitely be on your radar. High traffic zones, forklift operation and heavy equipment are just a few hazards that compromise worker safety every day. Once you add in factors like cold weather, icy terrain and low-light situations, the chances of someone getting hurt goes through the roof. You could have the best safety program in the world, but it won't do a darn thing if you aren't visible on the jobsite.

High visibility clothing like vests, pants, jackets, coveralls, beanies and gloves can help to reduce safety incidents caused by heavy equipment use, high traffic zones or bad weather. Because when you're seen, you're safer.

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HiVis Supply’s Cold Weather Guide to Cold Stress Prevention

Cold weather months can increase the risk of injury or illness for outdoor workers.

What is Cold Stress and How to Avoid It? 

Anytime you’re working outside, you’re at the mercy of Mother Nature. When the temperatures dip down to near freezing temperatures and you’re battling snow, rain and sleet, you need specialized gear that can protect you. High visibility clothing like vests, pants, jackets, raingear, coveralls, beanies and gloves are just a few examples of protective clothing that can help you stay warm and safe in bad weather.

HiVis Hank wanted to share some cold weather facts with his friends in the workforce. He admits he had to do some research before putting this post together. He’s never really minded the cold before. He does have a warm fur coat all year long, after all.

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How Outdoor Workers Can Beat the Heat: Shade Matters

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Hey you. The one with a bead of sweat running down your already sunburned neck. When was the last time you took a break? If you’re an outdoor worker,  you work in a shop that’s not air-conditioned or you work around radiant heat, listen up and listen up good. The summer is in full swing and if there’s one thing HiVis Hank knows other than high visibility safety, it’s hot weather. Heck, he lives right here in sunny Florida where our average summertime temperature is a blistering 95°F. On a good day we may catch a warm breeze and that’s if we’re lucky.

All these years in the Florida sun has taught ol’ Hank  a few things about health and safety. To survive working in hot weather you need to be smart. The first thing is to stay hydrated.

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Worker Safety Tip: How to Stay Hydrated in the Heat

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The summer sun may be relentless, but you have a job to do. You don’t have time to deal with heat stress, heat exhaustion or dehydration. Instead of letting Mother Nature run the show and leave you hot, sticky or sick this summer, take control. Make sure you and your crew are properly hydrated, from sunup to sundown.

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7 Tips To Stay Cool On The Jobsite In The Summer Heat

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Heat Stress Can Make You Sick, or Worse!

If you’ve never worked outside, you may not realize just how dangerous it can be. Heat stress is just one risk outdoor workers face every summer. Various kinds of heat stress can cause illness, injury and even death. The Center for Disease Control (CDC, 2018) estimates that somewhere around 658 people fall victim to hyperthermia, otherwise known as heat-related illness.

So, it’s important to have a game plan in place to battle the scorching conditions before you or your crew falls victim to Mother Nature’s fury. We asked HiVis Hank for his thoughts on how you can stay cool this summer. We weren’t surprised he had a few things to say on the matter. 

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Fast Treatment for 6 Common Heat-Related Illnesses

Working outdoors or in hot conditions can quickly lead to dangerious heat-related illness.

Summertime is here, and if there’s one thing HiVis Hank knows more than high visibility protection it’s working in the hot, hot sun. There’s been more than a few times he’s suffered the effects of long hours and hot conditions. Over the years, he’s learned a few things that help him avoid the burn.

Speaking of burn, sunburns are just one of the risks you can encounter if you don’t take proper precautions in the summer. Heat-related illnesses can also include annoying heat rash or even potentially deadly illnesses like heat stroke. Those most at risk include seniors and young children, but increased exertion or preexisting medical conditions can be triggers for heat stress. That means folks that are fit-as-a-fiddle need to be careful too. HiVis Hank doesn’t want you to suffer, so he racked his brain to come up with some simple solutions to help you avoid heat stress this summer.

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Dress for Success: How PPE Can Help You Beat The Heat

What workers wear can make a big difference on their health and safety during hot weather months

THOUSANDS OF WORKERS ARE AFFECTED BY HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES EACH YEAR AND DOZENS DIE FROM IT. This isn’t a scare tactic, it’s true. Somewhere around 40% of worker deaths happen in the construction industry alone. We know that workers are exposed to countless occupational hazards, but we forget they also have to deal with hot and miserable conditions as well. Think about your own team for a minute. If your crew works with electrical components and flammable materials, they may be suited up in flame-resistant clothing. If they work in high traffic zones they may be wearing high-visibility apparel to stay seen. All that gear can be hot and heavy, but there are solutions that can keep you cool and safe. You just need to choose the right material and fabric to do the job. Just remember, workers experience many kinds of hazards every day, from work-related falls to exposure to dangerous materials, equipment and more. Make sure to complete a thorough hazard assessment of your workplace before deciding on the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need. Below, we’ll share some of the key features you’ll want to know about your hot weather PPE.

What HiVis Hank wants you to know about choosing hot weather work gear
 

 If you haven’t met HiVis Hank, let us introduce him. He’s kind of the brains behind the operation here at HiVis Supply. Well, that’s what he likes to think anyway. He wants workers of all kinds (human and the non-human variety) to stay safe and comfortable on the job. Here are some quick tips on choosing hot weather clothing materials:

Cotton: Cotton is often comfortable and soft, but after a few minutes in the blazing sun you’ll quickly be ready to peel it off. Those comfy cotton duds can become saturated with sweat and super uncomfortable. Plus, they’ll take forever to dry, which is why you may want to consider performance fabrics that dry quickly.

Moisture-Wicking: It’s no secret when it’s hot, you sweat. So, unless you want everyone to get up close and personal with your signature scent, you’ll want clothing that wicks away moisture. Moisture-wicking clothing absorbs sweat and pulls it away from your body, minimizing the chance of you smelling like Chewbacca by lunch time.

Pro Tip: Look for 55/45 blend of synthetic to natural fibers for the best in moisture wicking.

Lightweight and Light-Colored: Light-colored and lightweight clothing allows all that solar heat you’re dealing with to reflect off the garments. When you wear heavy and dark colored apparel, it’s more likely to suck up all that heat and keep it snug against your body. That only raises your core body temperature and increases your chance of heat stress.

Breathable: New on the scene are PPE and high visibility options like gaiters or vests that allow portions of the garment to be mesh material. Air can move freely within your garments, helping to regulate body temperature. Think about all that airflow you can achieve and still be ANSI-compliant!

High Visibility: When you have a hazardous work environment that requires you to remain highly visible, our buddy HiVis Hank says, “Safety comes first”. He knows that layering is an ideal and flexible way to stay cool, while staying seen. Choose a high-visibility, moisture-wicking base layer that draws moisture away from your body, but provides you with the right ANSI level visibility protection. Then, you can follow up with a standard vest if necessary.

HiVis Supply will be here all season long to help you improve worker safety, both indoors and out. If need some help, just click here to contact one of our knowledgeable professionals.

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