Breathable safety wear when working in high temperatures

Breathable safety wear when working in high temperatures

We’ve talked a lot in past ProGARM safety blogs about the need to layer with appropriate safety garments to stay both warm and safe while working in cold conditions. But what about working in high temperature environments?

Whether the heat is being caused by a fire, the weather, or the nature of the working environment itself, there are two main risks associated with working in high temperatures which breathable products can help you overcome.

The importance of wearing safety garments correctly

Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) correctly is essential to avoiding what can otherwise lead to catastrophic or fatal consequences – particularly in the event of Arc Flash incidents.

It can be so tempting for those working in high temperature conditions to take off a layer or roll up their sleeves in an attempt to cool down. Either way, it can severely compromise the worker’s safety in the event of an incident.

Attempts to cool down by removing layers, unzipping garments or rolling up to expose skin will reduce the effectiveness of the protection the clothing offers and could even render it useless.

Breathable garments such as ProGARM’s range of breathable and soft to wear clothing will help workers stay cool while they work – reducing the temptation to adjust or remove layers of clothing.

Ensuring safety and comfort while working in high temperatures

Where workers do understand the importance of wearing their PPE properly to stay safe, it’s also important to consider that non-breathable fabrics could be introducing other health and safety risks, such as discomfort from sweating, heat exhaustion and even heatstroke.

As part of our commitment to market leading product development here at ProGARM, we’re always actively looking for ways to improve comfort.

Our range of clothing made from soft touch, breathable fabrics are the result, making sure we’re providing the best quality and most comfortable Arc Flash safety wear possible.

How does breathable fabric work when working in hot environments?

‘Breathability’ is a way of describing moisture vapour permeability.

When one side of a fabric has a higher humidity and pressure than the other, the water vapour in the more humid side wants to pass through to the less humid side to equalise.

For workers in high temperatures there are many benefits of lighter fabric technology with extra airflow to help you stay cooler for longer.

Microporous layers also allow humidity to pass through so that perspiration can wick away from your body, allowing you to concentrate on your work while your body uses its natural cooling process to reduce the risk of heat stress.

ProGARM’s range of breathable clothing has been designed to help your body moderate its core temperature while protecting you from the main hazards of your work, including Arc Flash incidents, fire risk, spills, shocks and explosive environments.

For more information about the options available and what would best suit your needs, please give our friendly team of specialists a call on +44 (0) 1482 679600 and we’ll be happy to help.

Make sure that you’re specifying the right PPE for your team.

Read our free guide on the top considerations when choosing Arc Flash clothing & PPE below and make the best choice for you and your team via the link below ⬇.

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