Stalwarts of the Professional Builder Live show, Snickers Workwear will, of course, be making a grand appearance at Harrogate’s Yorkshire Events Centre on June 13th-14th. David Clark, managing Director of the Hultafors Group UK, which owns Snickers Workwear, offers some advice on keeping cool this summer.
Working on site can be a hazardous business. Bumps, cuts and bruises are everyday occurrences and more serious, long term injuries often happen. With so much happening on site, so much machinery, materials and even potentially dangerous working locations, the potential for accidents is everywhere.
There’s a host of training and PPE products to keep us safety-aware and protected. But it isn’t just physical hazards in the working environment you should be conscious of, you need to be very aware of how weather conditions can affect your performance and well-being on site – so that means dressing right.
We’re all looking forward to sunny, warm weather this year. As long as you’ve got plenty of sunscreen to protect exposed skin, it’ll produce a great tan, but it can also compound the health and safety issues by creating an extra hazard for personal wellbeing.
So dressing right for the environment you’re grafting in is important – not only for working efficiency, but also for personal comfort and wellbeing.
Top Tips and Essentials
The best workwear for professional tradesmen and women is designed to create a Climate Control System for your body. It will help you stay cool to make getting the job done as easy and comfortable as possible.
There are many factors that affect how comfortable your work clothes and safety shoes are, particularly the materials they’re made of and whether they’re right for the type of work you’re doing.
If you’re on the move a lot or want to keep your feet cool, why not try out some of the newer-style safety trainers, that combine lightweight, breathable uppers and composite midsoles for comfort and protection. You can even get socks that will keep your feet cool, dry and ventilated.
Shorts are fine in really warm weather and some working environments, but they won’t provide protection for your knees and lower legs. Work Trousers made from heavy fabrics will get really uncomfortable and impractical, so think about getting yourself a pair of lightweight work trousers made from a hi-tech fabric that combines comfort with durability.
Keeping comfortable and dry will keep you working efficiently. Our advice is to get yourself topwear like shirts and lightweight jackets – including Hi-Vis vests – that work for you by pulling sweat away from your skin to keep you dry and your body temperature on an even keel. The last thing you need is for your clothes to get really wet through sweat, leaving you feeling uncomfortable and getting cold when the temperature drops.
Get the Right Fit
To make sure that your working clothes fit your body and the jobs you’ve got in hand, here’s some basic advice:-
• Choose clothes that are not tight, but lightweight and comfortable.
• Choose ‘Climate Control’ fabrics that wick away sweat from your skin.
• In general, keep in mind that you don’t want any clothing that gets in the way of the work you’re doing.
• Don’t wear clothes that become uncomfortable and therefore affect your concentration. For your own comfort and well-being, it’s important to stay alert and to pay attention to how you’re feeling when you’re working hard on a hot day.
Turning Down The Heat
When the going gets really hot and humid, ventilation is the key. Look for hot weather garments that feature advanced designs and ‘intelligent’ materials – such as A.V.S and Coolmax, which is a soft fabric designed to transport moisture away from your body, helping you to stay cool and dry.
“The high-tech A.V.S. fabric features an innovative blend of polyester and bamboo carbon”, says David. “The bamboo is ground down to nano-size – one millionth of a millimeter – and blended with the polyester fibre. The result is a highly breathable material, giving you exceptional moisture (sweat) transport, UV protection and anti odour comfort”.
Facts About Sweat
Sweat is the cooling mechanism of the body. It protects us from overheating by turning moisture into vapour. This vapour needs to be released and ventilated away from your body or you will end up soaking wet. Which probably is your experience if you have worked in non-breathable materials during hot days.
37.5 Fabric Technology – Making Working On Site A Cooler Experience
David says, “On a hot day you really need a garment made from a fabric that has the ultimate capacity for ventilation and moisture transport. That is why we at Snickers Workwear have chosen 37.5® technology to provide hardworking craftsmen and women with the coolest experience”.
37.5 is a ground-breaking new fabric technology – largely used in high-performance sportswear – with unmatched efficiency when it comes to ventilation and moisture transport. Instead of being applied to the surface of the fabric, the fibres are woven into the fabric. This means they never get washed out so you get the full benefit wear after wear.
5 Cool facts About 37.5 Technology
• The active particles used in the technology are derived from natural sources such as coconut shells and volcanic minerals.
• The fabrics dry up to five times faster than performance fabrics without.
• The hotter a user gets the stronger the drive force removing moisture becomes.
• 37.5 works to the level of 37.5 degrees, both when it comes to humidity percentage and temperature.
• Active particles are permanently embedded into the yarn and will never wash out or degrade.