August Newsletter - Heat Stress Awareness

August Newsletter - Heat Stress Awareness

August 14, 2023

Protect Your Workers from Heat Exhaustion

At Kishigo, we’re committed to making worksite safety a top priority. We created this Newsletter to share with you information and articles that can help you, and your business as it relates to workers and jobsite Safety.

Did you know that over 700 people die from heat-related injuries in the United States every year? It’s important to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion so your workers can stay safe on the job. Read on to learn more about the dangers of Heat Exhaustion.

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms:

  • Cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat
  • Heavy sweating
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Weak, rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure upon standing
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Headache

Fast Facts about Worksite Heat Exposure

Studies show that more than 90 million US workers are exposed to heat in their worksites. Among those millions of workers come thousands of people susceptible to heat stress and illness.

Every Year:
  • 2,000 American workers die from extreme heat
  • 170,000 American workers suffer from heat stress injuries
  • $100 billion of US Dollars are loss due to productivity decline

All of these heat stress impacts are 100% preventable. ISEA recommends that you create a heat safety program by:
  • Evaluating job site conditions
  • Slowly acclimating workers to hot conditions
  • Encouraging frequent hydrations and breaks
  • Providing appropriate body cooling attire

So what’s considered “appropriate clothing”?

Providing proper workwear attire allows you to not only provide relief against the heat, but also help your workers regulate their body temperature. According to the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), investing in both evaporative and non-evaporative clothing helps defend your workers against heat stress.

Some of these items include water-activated garments, water pumped vests, and even hard hat liners. This article separates different types of appropriate clothing into two categories: evaporative and non-evaporative.

The Dangers of Heat Exhaustion

Repercussions from a bad heat stress episode may not go away in just one day. In fact, studies show that repeated exposure to hot environments can increase the risk of heat-related illnesses — including heat stroke.

Luckily, heat stress can be prevented. Read our article to learn how to keep your workers safe and cool during warmer hours.

How Kishigo Is Committed to Your Safety

Preventing heat stress starts with investing in appropriate clothing. Our product designers created a line of first-to-market Class 2 and 3 T-Shirts to help your workers cool down.

To beat the heat, these shirts are made with cooling and flexible materials for maximum comfort. Our Cool Touch T-Shirts dissipate heat and sweat quickly with their quick-drying and wicking features, making them 43% higher in Q-Max than most of our competitors.

Protect Your Workers from Heat Stress Infographic