Don’t Sweat It: How to Keep Cool While Working Hard This Summer
Summer is right around the corner — it’s time for BBQs, trips to the beach and sweating your butt off at work.
While you can’t avoid the heat or co-workers who ask “hot enough for ya?” you can avoid being uncomfortable by wearing the right PPE.
With that in mind, we asked seasoned glove expert Deanna Patchett to give us some insights based on her years in the business.
Top Takeaways to Prevent Overheating:
1. It’s All in the Fabric:
In our post “4 Secret Cut-Resistant Glove Makers Don’t Want You to Know” we let you in on the fact that 98% of the gloves on the market today contain at least one of these two fibers: High Performance Polyethylene (HPPE) or Para-Aramid.
But which one is best for working in the heat?
Unless you need protection from thermal heat or arc flash, Deanna suggests buying a glove made with HPPE like TenActiv™ or Dyneema®.
HPPE has a naturally cool feel to it and is naturally lighter than para-aramid fibers like Kevlar®.
But if you do have to wear gloves made with para-aramid for safety reasons, then you should consider this next point.
2. Choose the Right Size of Yarn:
Thanks to advancements in technology, work gloves now come in a range of thicknesses and weights.
Deanna suggests choosing a medium-sized yarn — thirteen to fifteen gauge yarn to be exact.
That’s because it’s lightweight enough to give you good dexterity. But the thickness of the yarn leaves space between the threads making the glove more breathable.
3. Arm Protection & Sleeves:
Arm protection has become very popular over the past few years and for one simple reason: Your arms are as vulnerable to injury as your hands.
In the summer months, compliance for safety gear suffers because it’s hot and uncomfortable.
Failure to comply with safety mandates can lead to fines, disciplinary actions, as well as a heightened risk of severe injury.
Deanna recommends the following steps:
- Only select the length of sleeve you need.
- Choose color and fabric wisely.
- Opt for single layer if possible
Purchasing a sleeve based on this criteria will ensure that you’re wearing the most breathable, comfortable material.
Deanna suggests the Cutban™ White Tapered Cut-Resistant Sleeves (pictured below), which checks a lot of the boxes listed above.
4. The Best Palm Coating Options:
In the dead of summer, any added material makes it feel 10 degrees hotter.
Palm coatings are amazing for a lot of reasons but keeping your hands cool is not one of them.
Instead, Deanna suggested looking for something with dots, like our SKFG2DFT.
The fingertips are dipped in micropore nitrile for added grip and body has PVC dots for increased abrasion resistance. On top of that, it’s ambidextrous so once the dots wear out on one side, you can flip them over and use the other size — giving you twice the lifespan and your hands won’t overheat.
5. Best Practices:
- When outdoors, wear a hat to prevent overheating
- Polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and extreme brightness, which causes fatigue.
- Use sunscreen.
- Stay hydrated to keep your body cool.
- Plan your activities wisely, take breaks and know your limits.
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