06 May 2019
Heat stress occurs when our body is unable to cool itself down and becomes overheated. This heat can be generated internally through muscle use or externally by the environment.
The body has three natural mechanisms for dealing with heat: Breathing, sweating and changing its blood flow. Sometimes these defense mechanisms are not enough, and the body’s temperature continues to rise. As heat increases, the body’s temperature and heart rate rises, and the body becomes susceptible to heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps, fainting, or a potentially fatal heat stroke.
Many occupations require workers to be exposed to environments of high heat in both indoor and outdoor settings. Unfortunately, “[e]very year thousands of workers become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some are fatally injured (osha.gov)”.
Working in hot conditions leave workers at risk to heat related illness and cause them to be slower and less productive. Therefore, preventing heat stress will protect workers health, improve their safety and increase their productivity!
Take precautions, like the following, to reduce the chances of severe heat-related illnesses: -Drink plenty of water and electrolytes. -It is recommended to drink a ½ quart of water per hour (Or 1 Pint per hour, or 2 cups per hour, or 16 Fl oz per hour) -Sip water many times throughout the day (every 15 mins), rather than gulp down lots of liquids fewer times per day.
What Employers can do to help:
If all attempts fail at preventing Heat-related illnesses, here is a list of the most common signs and symptoms and what to do if a worker becomes a victim:
Heat stroke- occurs when the body becomes unable to regulate its core temperature. Sweating mechanism fails and the body can no longer dispel excess heat. Heat stroke may result in permanent disability or death if not treated immediately. Heatstroke is fatal in 80% of cases.
Common Signs and Symptoms include: Confusion, altered mental status, slurred speech, loss of consciousness, Seizures, hot dry skin.
What to do:
Heat cramps- Painful muscle spasms that occur when the body is depleted of salt and moisture.
Common Signs and Symptoms include: Muscle cramps, pain, or spasms. (Most commonly in the abdomen arms or legs.) These can occur during or after work.
What to do:
Heat Syncope/Fainting- an episode of dizziness usually occurring with a prolonged standing or sudden rising from a sitting or lying position. Most common in those that are not used to working in warm conditions.
Common Signs and Symptoms include: Brief loss of consciousness, dizziness, light-headedness, sweaty skin with normal body temperature, and no signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion
What to do:
Heat rash- occurs when the skin is irritated by excessive sweating. Most commonly occurring in hot and humid environments where sweat is unable to evaporate easily. The rash could cover a large area and could get infected, both of which will cause discomfort.
Common Signs and Symptoms include: Irritation or itching, appears as red or pink bumps or clusters or small blisters.
What to do:
Heat exhaustion- Occurs when the body loses too much water and salt, usually due to excessive sweating and not consuming enough fluids. (Most commonly occurs in high temperatures with high humidity and strenuous activities).
Common Signs and Symptoms include: Excessive sweat, weakness or fatigue, pale clammy skin (Sometimes flushed), headache, nausea, dizziness, irritability, thirst elevated body temperature.
What to do:
References: “CDC - Heat Stress - Heat Related Illness - NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6 June 2018, www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/heatrelillness.html.
Department of Health & Human Services. “Heat Stress and Heat-Related Illness.” Better Health Channel, Department of Health & Human Services, 26 Nov. 2015, www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/heat-stress-and-heat-related-illness.
Flouris, Andreas D, et al. “Workers’ Health and Productivity under Occupational Heat Strain: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” The Lancet Planetary Health, Elsevier, 4 Dec. 2018, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2542519618302377.
“Heat Stress Facts.” Princeton University, The Trustees of Princeton University, ehs.princeton.edu/workplace-construction/occupational-health/heat-cold-stress/heat-stress-facts.
“Heat Stress.” NASD, nasdonline.org/137/d001702/heat-stress.html.
“Understanding the Dangers of Heat Stress.” Safety+Health Magazine, Safety+Health Magazine, 25 June 2017, www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/15818-understanding-the-dangers-of-heat-stress.
“UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.” Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/.
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27 February 2019
We are proud to announce our ISO9001:2015 Certification! Our production facility in China became certified in December 2018.
What is ISO?
ISO stands for the International Organization of Standardization. This organization is an independent organization that develops standards and currently has over 22,000 international standards and related documents published. These standards provide “requirements, specifications, guidelines, or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes, and services are fit for their purpose” in almost every industry.
What is ISO9001?
The ISO9001, also known as the ISO9001 Quality Management Standard, sets standards for a quality management system. These standards “provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements and that quality is consistently improved”.
The standards are based on several quality principles, “including a strong customer focus, the motivation, and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement”. Implementation of this certification helps to improve both efficiency and customer satisfaction. Using ISO9001 helps ensure that customers will continually receive consistent, high-quality goods and services.
For more information about ISO and the 9001 Certification, visit the organization’s website: https://www.iso.org/
13 February 2019
Many globally recognized brands use our patented HyperKewl™ technology in their jackets and vests for cooling solutions. Here are 6 recognized Motorcycle brands that incorporate our technology in some of their products. Motorcyclists use these vests while riding to keep themselves cool and comfortable on hot days, allowing them to ride comfortably for longer periods of time.
HyperKewl™ Fabric’s “magic” happens in the process of evaporation, so the vest needs airflow to be most effective. The more airflow on the garment, the more cooling power it has. In order to get the best effect, typically motorcyclists will wear one of these vests under a ventilated protective jacket. Once they get moving, the airflow hits the vest through the vents and can cool the rider up to 25° F below the ambient temperature.