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Here’s a great high-visibility sweatshirt from Polar WorkTuff. It’s made of 100% polyester in a bright green/yellow color (some call it lime), with 2″ silver reflective stripes around the torso, up over the shoulders and two around each sleeve. It meets the ANSI Class 3 standard, so it’s among the most visible of all the high-visibility garments you can buy.
I like it because it’s a heavier-weight sweatshirt than most I’ve seen. This gives it a feeling of higher quality, and it’s sure to be one of the warmest sweatshirts out there.
It comes with a drawstring hood, but the hood is attached with snaps, so you can remove it if you want. You can have the “hoodie” look, or you can wear it just as a sweatshirt with no hood. I like having choices.
It’s also got a high-quality zipper down the front and two front slash pockets for keeping your hands warm. Knit ribbed cuffs on the sleeves and a knit ribbed waistband further reinforce the feeling of quality.
It’s machine washable, and it will remain ANSI compliant for up to 25 washings if you follow the care instructions on the label.
Check it out at eSafetyStore.com.
Heat stress, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, sun stroke – these are all bad things. And if you’re an outdoor worker, if you work outdoors in the summer sun, you know how dangerous these conditions can be. You know that you need sun protection. And a great place to start your search for sun protection is with a sun protection hat.
We suggest the classic wide-brim Bucket Boonie Sun Hat with Neck Shade. It’s made of a blend of 65% cotton and 35% nylon that looks and wears like canvas. The attached 8” neck shade hangs down in back to provide the back of your neck with protection from the sun, so that’s one place you won’t need sunscreen protection.
The crown features a built-in sweatband to help keep the sweat out of your eyes. Four metal screened ventilation ports in the crown allow hot-air buildup to escape, which helps to keep your head cool, and that helps prevent heat stress.
Snaps on either side of the crown correspond with snaps on the brim, allowing the brim to be folded up and snapped against the crown. Snap up one side of the brim for that Australian Military look, or snap up both sides to create the classic ranger hat.
Don’t worry about windy days blowing your boonie hat off. Just tighten up the adjustable chin string snugly under your chin. The small barrel lock on the string will hold it in place.
Yes, working outside in the hot summer sun can be risky business. So be sure to practice sun safety. Stay hydrated, wear light, well-ventilated clothing, get into the shade when you can, and above all, protect your head from the dangerous effects of direct sunlight with a proper sun protection hat, and we recommend the Bucket Flap Sun Protection Boonie Hat with Neck Shade.
This morning I read about Sam’s Club starting a wellness magazine, called Healthy Living Made Simple, that will be sent to 8 million members starting this month. Wellness is a pretty vague term, but I’m for any tips or articles that just might improve my health at least a little bit. (I espcially dig those “10 Things You Should Never Eat” articles, although I frequently forget what’s on the list a couple of days after reading.)
Preventative medicine is good medicine, and that’s what wellness programs are. From time to time (usually right after the indulgence of Christmas) we institute wellness rules at eSafetyStore. Those rules/guidelines are generally simple–no more cookies in the office, sanctions against chocolate, ramped up abundance of green tea, and a increase in morning smoothie production (we do have a blender in the break room).
Prevention should come easily to us and others in the industrial safety market. There are plenty of items in PPE and safety (hi vis gear, reflective jackets, signage, etc.) that are essentially designed to prevent workplace accidents and limit workplace hazards. So that’s really our wellness offering to others, our range of PPE.
Now it’s time for my morning oatmeal (donuts are banned from the office).
So far the Safety Genie has been relegated to tweets and Facebook posts. Now I’m venturing into blogging, the blogoverse, blogworld, Blogs R Us, etc. I’ll try to provide informative and sometimes entertaining aspects of the safety industry. I’ll mention cool new products, changes in the industry, and trends that I see while housed in my virtual lamp in the vast warehouse of EsafetyStore.
I’ll end my introductory post with this tidbit from posted on an ASSE site. “While conducting a safety walk on a construction site, I came upon an electrician working with no safety glasses. He was drilling something, which of course creates a potential eye hazard. As I approached to speak with him about using safety eyewear, I noticed what he was drilling – yup, he was drilling holes in his safety glasses. He claimed they were fogging up too much, and wanted to ventilate them.”
The first step to a safe workplace is common sense… of which this person has none. More to come.