Stay Warm to Stay Productive at Work this Winter

hi vis for winterWith winter right around the corner, it's that time of the year that many of you are beginning to dread. Now that the long hot days of summer have passed, you're able to enjoy a small break of mild weather right now before venturing right back into the bitterly cold temperatures of winter. While it's generally of no importance to those working in warmer climates, those in the mid to northern states will begin to feel the brunt of it in the coming months.
If your job requires working outside or even in certain types of indoor environments, you're going to be bundling up towards the end of October as the temperatures begin to plummet. Those early morning hours start to become reminiscent of stepping into an icebox and suddenly, going to work just doesn't seem to be as tolerable as it once was. While nobody enjoys being uncomfortable cold all day, there are definitely steps to take that will increase your comfort and productivity during even the coldest of days this winter.
Many people choose to bundle up with layer after layer of undergarments and clothing, only to end up to hot after they raise their heart rate and their body temperature begins to rise. The situation usually results in either stripping off a layer of clothing or simply leaving them all on and dealing with excessive sweating. Not only is this unnecessary but it causes fluctuations in your internal temperature, making you more susceptible to colds. Additionally, if high visibility safety vest or other gear is required then you're going to have to wear that apparel on top of your existing clothing which reduces comfort and agility. None of this sounds like any fun; it's not. But there's another option.
Lately, manufacturers have really increased the production of ANSI compliant high visibility and/or reflective safety apparel that's specifically designed for working outdoors during the winter months. Chances are that you've probably seen it before. From thermal bibs and pants to bomber jackets, parkas, gloves and headwear, there's and abundance of products available to you that offer a variety of benefits besides warmth.
Taking the comfort of the worker into consideration, you're going to get a lot more than a bright orange jacket with a massive reflective stripe on it - the days of those products are dwindling. Instead, you're going to see innovations like removable and/or reversible liners and shells, detachable hoods, radio pockets, storage pockets, and specialty front pockets that are fleece lined or ideal for placing hand warmers. Many of these products are equipped with strategically placed vents which are flapped, allowing excessive heat to escape while keeping a comfortable temperature and protecting you from the wind. Most are windproof and water resistant and some products even have microphone clips and ID holders to increase productivity and communication for foremen or any worker who's operating in extremely loud or spacious work environments.
Aside from the comfort factors, safety is also of importance. There's definitely no shortage of ANSI compliant winter work gear, regardless of what your duties entail. From non-ANSI reflective apparel to Class 2, Class 3 and even FR rated, you can be sure to find something that's ideal for your situation.
Ask yourself, is it really better to deal with the hassle of multiple layers of clothing, discomfort and decreased safety on the job? Would you prefer to be less productive and cold for 5 moths straight? Are you okay with risking your safety? Probably not. So why deal with it?
Specialty designed winter safety gear offers the best protection, optimal comfort and maximum visibility on the job. Many of these products are also manufactured from rip-stop fabrics and contain taped and sealed seams to prevent penetration of wind and water which only goes to show that they're truly made to perform, not just retain heat.
HiVis Supply, we stock a complete line of winter safety gear from the top manufacturers in the industry. We offer w wide variety of sizes, styles and colors at our everyday low prices, allowing you to save on the ideal application for your profession. Check out all of our high visibility winter safety gear today, so you can spend the winter focusing on your job instead of the temperature.


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