Archive for Heat Stress Relief

Free Heat Index Calculator App: Heat Safety Tool

Heat Safety ToolThe Heat Safety Tool app from OSHA is a handy tool for calculating the heat index of your job site to determine protective measures for heat stress prevention.

This smartphone app works by using your current location to determine the temperature and humidity levels, then calculates the heat index and displays a risk level for outdoor workers. Users can then read precautionary tips associated with the risk level, including replenishing fluids, taking the appropriate breaks, training for new employees and emergency panning and response.

The app provides:

  • Heat Index Calculator
  • Heat Risk Levels (Lower, Medium, High, Very High)
  • Heat stress prevention tips
  • Training on what is heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash signs and symptoms
  • First Aid tips for treating heat stress illnesses
  • OSHA contact info

Remember, when working in the heat safety comes first and with the Heat Safety Tool app, you’ll have all the vital information for preventing heat stress related illnesses at work. This app is available for iPhones and on the Android Market

Sun Protective Clothing

Don’t let the sun wear you down this summer. At Enviro, we take heat stress seriously and are dedicated to providing you with the best information and heat stress prevention supplies necessary to keep you cool this summer. After an uncharacteristically warm winter, this summer has the potential of being warmer and dryer than previous years, which means heat stress prevention is crucial.

Cooling Neck ShadesNeck Shades
When your neck is cool, your entire body is cool. Your neck absorbs the most heat when exposed to the suns rays and puts the most stress on your body, wearing your muscles down and resulting in fatigue. Neck Shades are the best way to protect your neck from sunburn and extreme heat exposure and they are not just for hard hats. Neck sun shade is great for any outdoor activities including; sporting events, fishing, hiking, lawn mowing, and more. The possibilities are endless with a protective neck shade.

Cooling VestCooling Vests
For those summer days that push the extremes, a Cooling Vest is the best way to keep your body temperature down and prevent you developing heat stress. Cooling vest for adults have a slim-line design that conform to your body and are worn under personal protective clothing or other garments and keep you cool for several hours. The special crystals inside the vest absorb and retain the temperature of water (that it has been soaked in), which then releasing a cooling sensation through your body. Cooling vests are not just for industrial worker, but are also great around the house or on camping trips.

Cooling BandanasCooling Bandana
Another great way to keep your body cool during summer. With a Cooling Bandana, you can get cool in minutes. Simply soak in cold water and feel the coolness for days. It works without freezing or ice and can be reused thousands of times without loosing any effectiveness.  Cooling bandanas are used by people around the world to keep them cool during any outdoor summer activity.

Remember, Cooling Clothing is a cost-effective way to not only prevent sunburns, but prevent heat stress during the hat summer months ahead so you can stay cool while on the job, or out on the trail.

The heat is back – sun stroke cautions

High temperatures again have officials warning of the dangers of heat exposure.  While children and infants are extremely susceptible to heat stroke, the same warnings and cautions apply to our work force.  Officials from Walton Regional Medical Center’s Cuddlebugs program of Loganville Georgia caution parents about the dangers of leaving children in vehicles, even for a new minutes.  Loganville’s temperatres are expected to approach 100 degrees most of the week.  With this in mind, officials site that in 2010, 49 children died as a result of being trapped inside a hot car.  Deaths among adult workers average approximately 15 per year.

Weather an adult or a child, the signs of heat stroke are the same:

  • A temperature of 103 degrees Fahrenheit or higher – but no sweating
  • Hot, red, dry skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • Restlessness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Unconsciousness

What to do if you develop heat stroke?

With heat stroke, time is of the essence.  Bring the internal temperature down as quickly as possible.

First, call 911. Then find shade or a cool location.

While you’re waiting for the ambulance, sponge down the body with a washcloth or a rag that’s been dipped in cool water. Fan the body with either an electric fan or simply your hand or a magazine.

If the person is able to drink liquids, have them drink cool water or other cool beverages that do not contain alcohol or caffeine.

There are safeguards that workers can take to minimize the risk of heat stroke.  The use of cooling bandanas, cooling vests, hard hat shades and hydration drinks will allow workers to stay cool and hydrated and avoid costly heat stroke.

How Effective are Heat Protection Products

With the temperatures climbing in the midwest, we thought you might find recent reviews of some of our heat stress products helpful.

For the MiraCool Cooling Bandanas:
miracool cooling bandanaThese are wonderful! My bandana stayed cool for 3 days straight. The package said to expect it to last 2, so I was very inpressed! All of our employees love them and say they can really tell a difference.
– M Davis; Gray, GA

These cooling bandanas really work. I wear one whenever I go biking to keep from getting overheated.
– Andy Jones; San Luis Obispo, CA

Excellent product! I use them for summertime yardwork.
– George P.; TX

These cooling bandanas are easy to use and keep my construction crew cool, even in the hot desert sun.
– Pete; Las Vegas, NV

I send care package to our troops in Afgan. These cooling bandanas got a big thumbs up
– KCase; Lantana, FLORIDA

Heat Stress Relief – How to Beat the Heat!

With summer quickly approaching, temperatures and humidity rise, along with the chances of suffering from heat disorders. Don’t fall victim to the blazing heat. There are many products available to help you stay cool during the summer days and nights. From cooling vests, to heat stress monitors, there are many ways to help you prevent suffering from heat disorders.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are six (6) main disorders caused from heat:

  1. Heatstroke: Occurs when the body’s system of temperature regulation fails and body temperature rises to critical levels. Heatstroke is caused by a combination of highly variable factors, and its occurrence difficult to predict. Signs of heatstroke include: Confusion, irrational behavior, loss of consciousness, convulsions, a lack of sweating (usually), hot, dry skin, and an abnormally high body temperature. NOTE: Heat stroke is a medical emergency.
  2. Heat Exhaustion: Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include: headache, nausea, vertigo, weakness, thirst, and giddiness.
  3. Heat Cramps: Usually caused by performing hard labor in a hot environment. Cramps have been attributed to an electrolyte imbalance caused by sweating. Excess salt can build up in the body if the water lost through sweating is not replaced.
  4. Heat Collapse (fainting): Occurs when the brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen because blood pools in the extremities. May also cause loss of consciousness and the onset of heat collapse is rapid and unpredictable.
  5. Heat Rashes: This is the most common type of heat disorders. Produces red papules and usually appear in areas where clothing is restrictive. As sweating increases, these papules give rise to a prickling sensation. Prickly heat occurs in skin that is persistently wetted by unevaporated sweat and heat papules may become infected. In most cases, these papules will disappear when returned into a cool environment.
  6. Heat Fatigue: A factor of heat fatigue is a lack of acclimatization. Signs and symptoms include impaired performance of skilled sensory-motor, mental, or vigilance jobs.

In order to help reduce and prevent the risk of suffering from these heat disorders, investing in heat stress relief products are your best bet. With many cooling products available to choose from for jobs that are preformed outdoors year round, you can help stay cool and stay healthy.

  • Cooling Vests are a great way to stay cool. You can find vests that can be dipped in cold water, or filled with ice packs that keep you cool for up to four (4) hours.
  • Cooling Bandanas are another way to keep cool by simply hydrating in cold water for a few minutes, then wearing around your neck. This is an easy, and economical way to keep cool and can be used thousands of times!
  • Hard Hat Cooling Products like hard hat pads, pads with neck shade, cooling neck shade, sweatband with neck shade, and hard hat sweat bands are other great products to help keep cool. These hard hat products are designed for hard to reach, hard to cool workers heads, when wearing hard hats.
  • Hard Hat Shades deliver important sun and heat protection to face, ears, neck and keeps annoying glare out of eyes. Shade at back of the neck facilitates cooling perspiration evaporation and helps keep workers comfortable.
  • Sunscreen and Sunblock are where sun protection should begin. By using sunscreen and sunblock that is SPF 30+ and sweat and water proof, you can help prevent yourself from damaging UV Rays.
  • Heat Stress Monitors allow you to monitor certain environmental factors that may contribute to heat stress. These monitors can determine if the potential for heat stress exists. Also measures ambient temperature, evaporative cooling including effects of air speed and humidity, and radiant heat load including air speed effects.

The Importance of Sunscreen Protection

The spring season has officially arrived, and as short sleeved shirts and tank tops begin to surface it’s important to protect your skin from the sun. The sun’s ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) are the first thing to touch your skin the minute you step outside, which can be very harmful and damaging to your skin’s health, and even worse, it can eventually lead to skin cancer. In order to guard your skin, using a simple chemical agent known as Sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ can really go a long way. It is important to remember that the higher the SPF number, the greater the protection is for your skin. Not only does it reflect most of the UV rays away from your skin, but it can also protect against sun burn. Sunscreen or Sunblock should also be used with other safety gear such as, safety glasses, sun glasses, wide brimmed hats, caps, or visors. To maximize your protection even more you should apply your sunscreen every half hour to 45 minutes.

Sunscreen/Sunblock come in many different varieties so it’s important to choose the one that is right for you. The typical type of Sunblock comes in the form of lotion, but other types include; sprays, towelettes, creams and gels.

Do I need to wear Sunscreen?
There are many different types of skin. Truth is every skin type should be protecting their skin with some form of Sunblock. Melanoma is one of the most serious types of skin cancer among many others. A majority of the transformations found in Melanoma come from ultraviolet radiation.

Here are some more important facts about MELANOMA:

  • A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns at any age.
  • More than 20 Americans die each day from skin cancer, primarily melanoma. One person dies of melanoma almost every hour (every 62 minutes).
  • Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer for males and sixth most common for females.

Self examination may be the first thing you do before heading to the doctor for any suspicious spots, but wearing sunscreen outdoors even on a cloudy day is the first step to skin protection. Especially those working in construction and other related outdoor activities.

Comparing Sports Drinks – Sqwincher vs. the Other Brands

For situations that require rigerious activity, the potential of encountering a heat stress disorder increases. In order to help prevent heat stress symptoms, most look towards sport drinks such as Gatorade and other popular drinks, as well as water, to hydrate and replenish electrolytes lost. However, Sqwincher is a scientifically proven electrolyte replenishing drink that has been around for years and continues to outperform its competition. “Sqwincher’s scientifically developed formulation…is absorbed into the body at a significantly faster rate than water, allowing the body to replenish the electrolytes and minerals needed for proper rehydration.”

Sqwincher is a cost-effective way of increasing productivity, while helping to lower the number of workplace accidents. According to Sqwincher, “Sqwincher is isotonically formulated. That means it is designed within a certain range to match the weight (specific gravity) of body fluid. This is important for an optimal absorption of water and electrolytes into the muscle system.” Unlike other sports drinks, Sqwincher has 50 percent less sodium and approximately 50 percent more potassium.

Sqwincher vs. The Others
Product Sodium Potassium Magnesium Carbs Calories
Sqwincher 55 mg 45 mg .47 mg 16 g 50
Gatorade 110 mg 25 mg not listed 16 g 55
10K 55 mg 30 mg not listed 15 g 60
Quickick 116 mg 23 mg not listed 11 g 43
Powerade 55 mg 30 mg not listed 19 g 70
Average Soft Drink 16 mg 13 mg not listed 26.8 g 10

Sqwincher continually proves to be one of the most effective electrolyte replacement drinks in the market. So what are electrolytes exactly? According to Sqwincher, “Electrolytes are minerals (magnesium, potassium, sodium, and calcium) that are lost through perspiration or other forms of dehydration, particularly in heat stress situations. Under ideal conditions, electrolytes flow through muscle cells to keep them functioning normally.” Muscle tissue weakens as perspiration occurs because it depletes cells of fluids. “Within seconds of drinking Sqwincher, the electrolytes are put back where they belong, and in the process, energy is back where it belongs.”

3M Heat Stress Monitor

3M WIBGET RSS-214Occupational heat stress exposure is a serious concern, especially in extreme summer heat. It can result in costly down time and potentially life-threatening situations. 3M WIBGET RSS-214 Heat Stress Monitor provides you with readings of key environmental factors that contribute to heat stress. The 3M WIBGET Heat stress monitor is the perfect monitor to help you establish a heat stress prevention and management program. Monitor is easy to use, and provides a fast response that is reliable and accurate.

Hot Off the Shelf!

OccuNomix introduces Cool Zone Tech Cooling Vests. Technology originally designed for Black Hawk helicopter pilots. Cool Zone’s amazing “controlled temperature” technology keeps you cool and outperforms the competition in fit, form and function. Cool zone is changing the way cooling vest are made. Vests control temperature keeping you cool for up to 4 hours. UniPak Cooling pad recharge in minutes! Nobody wants to be in 130°F temperatures but when duty calls, these vests will make it seem like a day at the beach.

The Importance of Sunscreen

SunX SunscreenProtect your skin!
The sun radiates light to the earth, and part of that light consists of invisible ultraviolet (UV) rays. When these rays reach the skin, they cause tanning, burning, and other skin damage. Unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, and can even cause cancer.

If you can’t avoid being in the sun you can protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays by applying sunscreen. Make sure you use a sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 or higher. Sunscreens that say “broad-spectrum” can protect the skin from ultraviolet A and B rays. Sunscreen comes in lotions, gels, creams, ointments and towelettes.

■Apply the sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going in the sun.
■Apply sunscreen to all the skin that will be exposed to the sun, including the nose, ears, neck, scalp, and lips. Sunscreen needs to be applied evenly over the skin and in the amount recommended on the label. Most sunscreens are not completely effective, because they are not applied correctly. It usually takes about 1 fl oz to cover an adult’s body.
■Apply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours while in the sun and after swimming or sweating a lot. The SPF value decreases if a person sweats heavily or is in water, because water on the skin reduces the amount of protection the sunscreen provides. Sunscreen effectiveness is also affected by the wind, humidity, and altitude.

Other ways of protecting yourself from the sun include wearing sun protective clothing and sunglasses with UV protection. Given the epidemic of skin cancer in this country, sun safety should now be an important part of our lives. Skin protection from UV rays should begin as soon as a baby is born and continue throughout life. Make your skin happy by taking the proper precautions when dealing with sun.