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Monthly Archives: May 2014

  • Staying Cool at Work This Summer and Avoiding Heat Stress

    staying cool at workAround the United States, the temperatures are really beginning to heat up. For those of us working outdoors or in extremely warm indoor environments, now is the time to devise a plan for staying cool and safe on the job this summer.
     
    Working a job that requires high visibility safety gear can be difficult in the heat. Ideally, you want to wear as little clothing as you can to stay cool - but sometimes that's not possible, especially when working with chemicals or materials that require specialized protective gear. There are, however, plenty of measures that can be taken to keep yourself cool no matter how warm the workplace gets.
     
    Stay Hydrated
    This might be a given, but it's also one of the most important factors. During rigorous work, your body sweats and loses fluids. In the heat of the summer, your body will lose even more fluids than normal and you can quickly become dehydrated. Make sure there's plenty of fluids on the job and try to stay away from super-sugary beverages like sodas and energy drinks as they can cause you to become even more dehydrated. Water and electrolyte drinks are ideal. Freezing a jug of water the night before and bringing that along to work will ensure you have a good supply of cool water nearly all day.
     
    Don't Overdo It
    Overexertion is a key factor to heat stress and heat stroke. While our bodies can surely handle the work, they can't handle it during extremely warm temperatures. If the body begins to struggle to keep itself cool, you run the risk of suffering from heat stress, heat stroke or even death. These situations can appear rather quickly and aren't easy to immediately reverse so be sure to pace yourself when performing hard labor or repetitive heavy lifting. It's never a good idea to push your body to it's extreme limits on those very hot days.
     
    Seek Shade
    Extended periods of direct summer sunlight can really cause your body to heat up, especially when wearing safety gear. Combine that with hard labor and a high air temperature and you have the perfect recipe for disaster. Make sure that you seek shade as needed and if possible have an area on the jobsite for cooling down. Depending on the temperatures, you'll need to take short breaks in the shade at regular intervals to cool down and rehydrate.
     
    Get Proper Gear
    A pair of shorts and a hives t-shirt might seem like the perfect combo for working during the hottest days of summer, but you're still going to lose fluids, heat up and face the risk of overexertion. There is an abundance of high visibility cooling products that have been specially designed to help decrease your core temperature and keep you cool so you can perform safely in the work place. From moisture wicking fabrics that help sweat evaporate to liquid filled cooling vests that can be worn under heavy clothing, there's no shortage of high visibility cooling gear that makes working in the extreme heat safer and more comfortable.
     
    Stay tuned and be sure to bookmark or subscribe to our blog. We'll be writing about new products each week and providing tips to help keep you cool and productive in the workplace this summer.

  • Listen to the Info: Occupational Hearing Loss is No Joke!

    occupational hearing lossIn the United States alone, over 30 million people are exposed to hazardous or dangerous noise levels in the workplace - and believe it or not, noise-related hearing loss has been noted as one of the largest occupational health hazards for over 25 years. In the past 10 years alone, almost 125,000 workers have sustained serious and permanent damage and/or loss of hearing as a direct result of exposure to excessive noise in the workplace.
     
    If you've ever suffered from ringing ears, stuffy ears or any sort of temporary hearing damage from high noise levels then you may want to take note. While the symptoms may only be temporary, repeated occurrences can lead to sudden permanent damage with little or no warning. While many of us may find excessive noise to be more of an annoyance than an actual danger, it's surely something that shouldn't be overlooked.
     
    While the hearing damage is usually irreparable, there are other hazards to excessive noise levels that can further expose an individual to health risks on the job, such as physical and psychological stress. Also, excessive noise inhibits the ability to communicate and can be a precursor to unintentional ignorance of other loud sounds that could otherwise be a warning for an immediate unseen danger.
     
    It's important that when you're working in an environment with repetitive or sustained noise of an excessive level, you learn to distinguish what's "too loud".
     
    How Loud is Too Loud?
    • If you're hearing ringing or humming in your ears after leaving the noisy area or after leaching work for the day.
    • You have to yell in order to be heard by others who are less than 3 feet away.
    • You experience temporary hearing loss at or after work.
     
    If you're experiencing any of the above, you're at risk for permanent and irreversible hearing damage and/or complete hearing loss. Don't take this lightly! For more information on how to manage excessive noise and prevent hearing damage or loss, visit the OSHA page for Occupational Noise Exposure where you can read detailed information about the risks.
     
    Additionally, keep your ears protected from damaging noise whenever possible with the proper ear protection. There is a variety of ear protection products available that are highly effective at helping to prevent damage to hearing from extreme noise on the job. Hearing loss is a serious matter, please don't underestimate the risk.

  • Recent Study by 3M Reveals Not All Safety Gear is Created Equal, Workers May be at Risk

    Think you're safe at work? Think again! A recent insdustry study by 3M shows that 1 in 3 high visibility safety garments that are marketed as ANSI Class 2 compliant do NOT meet the standard ANSI Class 2 reflectivity requirements. Check out informative and surprising video below.
     

     
    Yes, that's correct - one in three garments that were tested failed to meet the proper brightness requirements to be categorized as ANSI 107-2010 Level 2 brightness.
     
    In other words, yourself, or one out of every three co-workers (or employees) could be much more likely to suffer from an injury on the job site.
     
    Based on 79 different garments purchased via multiple avenues on the open market, 33% failed to meet ANSI 107 brightness standards when tested by a third party.
     
    Ensure and demand the utmost safety for yourself, your co-workers and your employees with 3M Scotchlite reflective materials. HiVis Supply has a full range of work safety gear equipped with 3M reflective striping at guaranteed everyday low prices.
     

  • ML Kishigo Class 2 Professional Surveyor's Safety Vest: Where Quality Meets Functionality

    ml kishigo class 2 professional surveyors vestAs a surveyor, you know that it's important to have the proper tools to complete your job. You're often required to work in areas where a vehicle or toolbox aren't near or readily available and anything that makes your work more efficient makes you more productive. More so, your job often requires you to work in hazardous high traffic areas that require the assistance of high visibility apparel to help ensure your personal safety.
     
    The team at ML Kishigo is fully aware of this and have continued to design and manufacture some of the industry's finest surveyor's safety vests to date, including the ML Kishigo Class 2 Professional Surveyors Vest.
     
    The S5000 & S5001 (lime or orange) Professional Series Surveyor's Safety Vest is constructed from high quality materials and is designed to meet the specific needs and job requirements of a surveyor. It is an ANSI Class 2 compliant vest, made with a solid polyester front and a mesh rear for to improve airflow and breathability during warmer temperatures.
     
    In an effort to offer maximum safety on the job, the vests feature 2-inch reflective striping from 3M that are laid over 3-inch stripes of contrasting color. However, the safety features aren't all that the Professional Surveyor's Vests have to offer. They're loaded with features to make your job easier and more organized, such as:
     
    • Zippered Fromt Closure
    • Left and Right Chest Microphone Holders for Hands Free Communication
    • Dual Lapel Grommets
    • Reinforced Webbing for Enhanced Strength in High Stress Areas
    • Plush Neck Liner for Improved Comfort
    • Left Chest 2-Tier Pocket w/dual Function Flap
    • Large Right Gusseted Pocket
    • Lower Outside Pockets with Flaps
    • Left and Right Stake Pockets
    • Left and Right Spray Can Pockets
    • Lower Inside Left & Right Full Length Zippered Pockets with Straps
    • Hidden Back Pouch with Left & Right Side Zipper Access
     
    Clearly, ML Kishigo understands what's required out in the field - just one more reason why they're a trusted brand when it comes to high quality, hi-vis work wear. If you're a surveyor who's looking to improve both your safety and productivity on the job, you'll definitely want to take a look at the ML Kishigo Professional Series Surveyor's Vest.
     
    Additionally, throughout the month of May, HiVis Supply will be accepting entries for our HiVis Giveaway where 5 lucky winners will be receiving one of these great Surveyor's Vests. It's free and easy to enter, no purchase required. Simply 'Like' us on Facebook and enter for your chance to win. Stay tuned to our blog by bookmarking it now for the latest HiVis info, product details and safety news.

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