Whether it’s for hurricane season or snow storms, having the appropriate safety gear for the weather conditions is important to having a successful, safe work environment. Keeping your workers comfortable while they work will also boost your team’s morale, loyalty, and retainment. It also works to prevent delays for your company by allowing them to work through harsher conditions instead of pushing them back while you wait out the weather.
As mentioned above, worker comfort is affected by inclement weather. One of the major ways that it can hinder your ability to grip, see, and control tools that you’re using on the job site. This can be extremely dangerous for the worker, and can possibly cause damage to whatever they are working on. Another reason to make worker comfort a priority is that when your workers are comfortable they can focus more. They are able to consistently process what they are doing with minimum distractions.
At Abolox Safety, we have all the cold weather gear that you need. We have a large variety of safety jackets, sweatshirts, gloves, inserts, and the like to protect you from the chilly weather. We also carry a variety of rainjackets and raingear to protect during those summer storms. While preparing for the inclement weather you should always make sure to meet the standards set forth by ANSI.
ANSI is a set of standards that are in place to protect both the worker and the employer. In the standards, it dictates certain requirements for tools and safety gear to better serve each party. Many of the safety gear that we offer at Abolox Safety is up to this standards to ensure that you’re getting the best gear for the job with the prices you’ll love.
When you focus on weather appropriate gear, the weather delays should minimize. Having warm gear enables your workers to work longer without sacrificing their health or your deadline. The same goes for rain storms, heat, and other adverse weather conditions.
You should ensure that you use complete safety gear that is weather appropriate, such as breathable gear in the summer, thermal gear in the winter, and water resistant during stormy seasons.
During the winter season, follow these guidelines for proper safety gear. Dressing properly is extremely important to preventing cold stress. When cold environments or temperatures cannot be avoided, the following would help protect workers from cold stress:
Wear at least three layers of loose fitting clothing. Layering provides better insulation.
An inner layer of wool, silk or synthetic (polypropylene) to keep moisture away from the body. Thermal wear, wool, silk or polypropylene, inner layers of clothing that will hold more body heat than cotton.
A middle layer of wool or synthetic to provide insulation even when wet.
An outer wind and rain protection layer that allows some ventilation to prevent overheating.
Tight clothing reduces blood circulation. Warm blood needs to be circulated to the extremities. Insulated coat/jacket (water resistant if necessary)
Knit mask to cover face and mouth (if needed)
Hat that will cover your ears as well. A hat will help keep your whole body warmer. Hats reduce the amount of body heat that escapes from your head.
Insulated gloves (water resistant if necessary), to protect the hands
Insulated and waterproof boots to protect the feet