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Employers Look to Help Workers Fight Heat Stress

June 10, 2021 By pb Off

Today, employers are facing difficult times in hiring and retaining workers. Employers focusing on employee wellness and improving working conditions will have the advantage over employers ignoring common hazards. One area of great concern to employers and workers is dealing with heat stress-related issues in hot climates. Heat stress is a serious concern as overheating can cause workers to become disoriented and dehydrated, eventually leading to fatal consequences. Heat stress can be avoided but requires a proactive strategy to fend off heat during work.

Workers who face hot climates are routinely subjected to the physical effects of heat-related illness. Here are ten of the most challenging jobs where heat stress and heat-related illness can become a severe factor:

  1. Asphalt paving workers
  2. Roofers
  3. First Responders
  4. Construction workers
  5. Iron & factory workers
  6. Farmworkers
  7. Carpenters
  8. Utility workers
  9. Oli and Gas workers
  10. Landscapers

Employers need to take heat-related illnesses seriously, as many accidents are caused by excessive heat exposure. Employers should educate their workers on proper hydration and identify the symptoms of heat stress. Most heat-related injuries can be avoided if the appropriate considerations are implemented. Here are a few ways that employers can help support workers who have to deal with sweltering conditions:

  1. Provide ample fresh and cold water throughout the day
  2. Allow for frequent breaks in the shade to avoid the sun
  3. Provide protective clothing that helps regulate body temperature

Most outside workers are forced to or choose to wear headgear that protects them from direct sunlight. In most cases, wearing hats and helmets increases the temperature around the head. Even though the headwear blocks the sun, there can be a greenhouse effect that prevents the body from releasing heat. This can increase the symptoms of heat stress, which can surface quickly if not treated properly.

At Chiller Body, we work directly with employers to reduce the adverse effects of heat-related illness and stress. Our Cooling Hat Inserts work in tandem with many types of headwear and provide instant cooling relief. No other product on the market functions like the Cooling Hat Insert. Each insert can be frozen, used, and recharged in a cooler, so the opportunity to cool off is available on-demand throughout the workday. Employees love the Cooling Hat Insert, and employers can rest assured that the well-being of their workers is being considered when it comes to dealing with hot climates and working conditions.

We encourage employers to stock up on our bulk packages of Cooling Hat Inserts so their employees can perform better in the hot weather and provide a more stable work environment for the people who run their company.