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How to Choose the Best Cold Weather Headwear for Work this Winter

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It’s cold outside. Don’t forget your hat and mittens! 

 

Chances are, you remember being told this as a child. Every time you step out into the frosty air and don’t heed those warnings, there’s a little bit of rebellion that floods through your veins. I don’t need some silly hat and mittens, you say. Childish rules apply to children, you think to yourself as you head out the door in a flimsy sweatshirt — only to find yourself shivering midday.

 

Well, HiVis Hank has something to say about it. 

 

Put your hat and mittens on! 

 

See, he doesn’t care if you’re four years old or forty. When the temperature plummets to near freezing conditions outside you need to suit up or suffer the consequences. So, whether you work outside in the elements or inside in cold environments, he’s going to share a few reasons why protecting yourself this winter is critical to your health and productivity.

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Cold Weather Body Maintenance Tips for the Outdoor Worker

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Cozy nights by the fire, holiday cheer and Monday night football games are just a few things we love about winter. But, if you’re an outdoor worker of any kind, you may have a few other concerns about the cold weather approaching. If you work outside in professions like construction, utilities, landscaping, transportation, oil and gas or agriculture, chances are you’re already thinking about how you’re going to cope with the cold this season. 

 

HiVis Hank and the team here put together a helpful guide chock full of helpful body maintenance tips to help keep you safe and warm in cold weather. 

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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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