Heat Illness Prevention & Benefits of the Hard Hat Liner
Heat exhaustion/stroke is brought on by exposure to high temperatures for extended periods of time. This can happen in a number of environments and is often exasperated by required personal protection equipment. An employer with workers exposed to high temperatures should establish a complete heat illness prevention program.
Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat.
- Provide workers with water, rest and shade.
- Allow new or returning workers to gradually increase workloads and take more frequent breaks as they acclimatize, or build a tolerance for working in the heat.
- Plan for emergencies and train workers on prevention.
- Monitor workers for signs of illness.
Heat related injuries occur when the body reaches temperatures of 104 degrees or higher, which may cause cellular damage after just minutes of elevated temperature
Anyone that wears a hard hat in the heat knows that the air inside the hat is affected greatly by the sun’s rays hitting the hat. Having an HP-LINER thermal barrier is key to keeping temperatures down inside the hard hat.
Providing protection from the heat inside the hard hat is an easy and inexpensive way to minimize heat-related illnesses and keep employees safe.HP LINER is made to be inserted into the Hard Hat. It shields the user from extreme temperatures
For extra cool comfort in hot weather, just moisten HP LINER with cold water. HP LINER provides comfort & protection in both hot & cold conditions.
2006 was the second hottest year ever recorded and saw 3,100 US workers have a heat-related illness that caused them to miss work. That year alone there were 44 heat-related occupational deaths that could have been avoided.Reducing the heat impact on employees is key to avoiding heat-related illnesses.
Heat Illness Prevention:
- Wear a hard hat liner
- Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty.
- Rest in the shade to cool down.
- Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
- Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency.
- Keep an eye on fellow workers.
For more heat illness prevention tips, read our blog: http://www.hpliner.com/blog/