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Safety in Summer!

Posted by Administrator on 7/13/2015 to General

Weekly weather reports for much of the east coast are consistently showing temperatures above the 90-degree mark. Such temperatures put employees in strenuous environments at risk for heat stroke, dehydration, and other forms of heat stress. It is imperative to keep employees (and employers) safe in such conditions.

Workers at risk of heat stress include outdoor workers and workers in hot environments such as firefighters, bakery workers, farmers, construction workers, miners, boiler room workers, factory workers, and others. Employees at greatest risk of heat stress include those who are 65 years of age or older, are overweight, have heart disease or high blood pressure, or take medications that may be affected by extreme heat.

The Center for Disease Control recommends that workers who are exposed to extreme heat:  

·         Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as cotton.

·         Avoid non-breathing synthetic clothing.

·         Gradually build up to heavy work.

·         Schedule heavy work during the coolest parts of day.

·         Take more breaks in extreme heat and humidity.

·         Take breaks in the shade or a cool area when possible.

·         Drink water frequently. Drink enough water that you never become thirsty. Approximately 1 cup every 15-20 minutes.

·         Be aware that protective clothing or personal protective equipment may increase the risk of heat stress.

·         Monitor your physical condition and that of your coworkers.

OBBCO offers several products that can help your team beat the heat this summer, including the Chill-Its® Hi-Vis Low Profile Hydration Pack (Item Id: 13156). This handy pack is capable of holding two liters of water, is equipped with adjustable shoulder and chest straps, and comes in this safety’s most fashionable color: “hi-vis lime.”

A 10 gal Insulated Beverage Container (Item Id: FG16100111) will keep your entire team hydrated in high heat. This 10 gallon monster of a cooler is heavily insulated to keep water cold all day long. A drip-resistant spigot and leak-resistant lid will also help keep your work site completely moisture-free.

You can look cool and stay cool with a High-Performance Dew Rag (Item Id: 12485). This hot-ticket item is built with advanced moisture-wicking technology that will help keep you comfortable in almost any weather.

Browse our online store or call 757-420-4000 to learn about our suite of heat stress products.


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