How to Stay Cool When Working Outside

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Its finally heating up outside which means the beach, bbqs and cold brews. For many workers, like linemen, road crews and more, the high temps can also mean long, hot days on the clock. Too much exposure to heat can cause heat rash, heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. The good news is that you can prevent these heat-related illnesses. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) suggests that those who work outdoors in the heat take the following steps:

  • Drink small amounts of water frequently.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing.
  • Take frequent short breaks in cool shade.
  • Eat smaller meals before work activity.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol or large amounts of sugar.
  • Work in the shade.
  • Find out from your healthcare provider if your medications and heat don’t mix.
  • Know that equipment such as respirators or work suits can increase heat stress.

Arming yourself with cooling products and accessories is another way to keep your body from getting overheated. Improve your comfort, job performance and even health by investing in gear to keep you cool this summer.  

Occunomix 962 KH Khaki Miracool Cooling Ranger Hat
Coming this summer to a work site near you–is your heat-fighting secret weapon. Our Occunomix 962 KH Khaki Miracool Ranger Hat may look like a normal accessory, but its Miracool fabric contains water-absorbing crystals. Simply soak the hat in water and it will stay cool for up to 48 hours. That means no drenching your head with cups of water all day or suffering from the scorching sun. The basic ranger design with a wide brim will shade your eyes and block the sun from your face and neck as well. Conjure up your summer super powers and order yours today.

Occunomix Reflex Blue 940 RFB Miracool Cotton Neck Bandana
Chilling out has never felt so good. Our Occunomix 940 RFB Reflex Blue Miracool Neck Bandana is a lightweight accessory that will cool off your head and body using its Miracool crystals. Like the Ranger hat, just soak the bandana in water and the crystals will keep the material–and your skin–cool for up to two days. Tie this piece around your neck in the morning and enjoy its cooling properties all day long.

 

Ergodyne 5155HV YEL Chill-Its Hi Visibility Low Profile Hydration Pack
Getting enough water is a critical part of safety in the sun, but stopping for breaks on the job isn’t always easy. Thankfully, the Ergodyne 5155HV YEL Chill-Its Hi Visibility Low Profile Hydration Pack can help you meet your H2O quota. Fill up its TPE polymer bladder using the big mouth opening and throw it on your back for a day of carefree sipping. This durable pack is designed with a 420D nylon shell. Its zip-up cap cover blocks debris and contaminates and its closed cell insulation keeps your water cold. Strap on your pack and you’ll be the most hydrated–and refreshed–worker on your jobsite.

Occunomix MiraCool Large Hard Hat Cooling Pad 969
While they’re a critical part of your safety on the clock, hard hats don’t always help you out while trying to cool off in the summer heat. That’s where the Occunomix MiraCool 969 Large Hard Hat Navy Cooling Pad comes in. This warm weather sidekick is designed to wear with your hard hat to help you stay cool. Using the hook and loop straps you can easily attach the cooling pad to your hat and allow the Miracool cooling crystals work their magic. Rest assured that this cooling pad does not interfere with safety standards so you can stay safe while getting comfortable.

Occunomix Orange 931 OR Miracool Crystal Cooling Towel
If you’ve ever logged long hours working in the sun, you can appreciate the value of a cooling towel. The Occunomix Orange 931 OR Miracool Crystal Cooling Towel uses Miracool polymer crystals that plump up to hold up to a thousand times their weight in water, causing a slow evaporation that will keep your skin cool for days. At 29.5 by 14 inches, this accessory is the perfect size for you to wear around your neck without too much bulk. This is the gift that will keep on giving all summer long — just stick it in water any time it needs a recharge.

Just because it’s sweltering outside doesn’t mean you have to be. Take the right steps to guard yourself against negative impacts from the sun. Stay cool!

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