Work doesn’t stop because it’s raining or snowing. Seasons, conditions and temperatures change, and so must your FR Clothing! Cold temperatures create a new hazard: cold weather stress. Not unlike heat stress, cold weather stress occurs when your body loses its ability to regulate internal body temperature. This drop invariably leads to a decrease in productivity and if left unchecked, disorientation, hypothermia and loss of consciousness. In wet conditions, visibility is limited, work areas can become slippery, and mobility for both equipment and personnel can be drastically reduced. To protect workers from wet conditions and cold weather stress, it’s vital to select the right FR clothing for the worksite and weather conditions.
Before you can select workwear, you must assess all potential hazards. Once hazards have been identified, steps must be taken to mitigate the risk. Hazards might include weather exposure, unstable terrain, equipment operation, ladders, moving equipment and electrical shock. Once you identify the hazards and put appropriate safety practices and protocols in place, it becomes easier to select task-based PPE and FR workwear.
Comfortable, durable, long-wearing workwear
In a recent study, workers cited for non-compliance with PPE practices and FR clothing were interviewed as to why. In most cases, workers complained the clothing was uncomfortable or ill-fitting. The workers also said that the clothing was either too cold, too hot or not up for the task at hand. A comfortable garment has three main characteristics – it’s lightweight, breathable and moisture-wicking. Well designed, lightweight FR apparel can keep workers warm in winter, dry in wet conditions without being bulky or restricting range of motion.
How does moisture-wicking technology work?
Just because you’re outside in the cold or bundled up in the rain, doesn’t mean you stop sweating. Moisture-wicking fabrics are designed using a combination of hydrophilic and hydrophobic fibres. Hydrophilic means “water-loving” – the fabric pulls moisture off the skin. Hydrophobic means “water-hating” – the fabric pushes moisture to the surface of the garment where it can evaporate. The combination of these two fibres creates a moisture-wicking fabric that dries 2-3 times faster than cotton keeping workers dry, warm and productive.
Lower Temperatures and Wet Conditions = Greater Risk
When temperatures drop, and rain falls, potential risks increase. The best way to minimize risk and ensure compliance is to outfit workers with the best FR clothing that provides, warmth, comfort and a full range of motion. Keeping these considerations in mind when purchasing FR workwear will ensure a safe job site and focused, productive workers.
UpTen FR Apparel offers an exceptional line of comfortable, durable and versatile FR workwear including shirts, hoodies and jackets – engineered to deliver predictable protection in the most unpredictable situations. Superior protection against the harshest job site hazards. The team
at UpTen FR are here to answer your questions, explain the advantages and to help you select the right gear for your situation. Call us at 905-424-4481 or visit https://uptenfr.ca/contact/ Quality FR apparel, custom-crafted and tradespeople approved.