How to Stay Safe on the Job Site During the Summer

How to Stay Safe on the Job Site During the Summer

How to Stay Safe on the Job Site During the Summer

If you are working outside this summer, it’s important to protect yourself and your team from the sun and other summer elements. Below we’ve outlined some of the hazards you may experience during the summer and how to protect yourself on the job site.

Wearing the Wrong Footwear

This is one thing we see quite often - people buying the incorrect.

Wearing the wrong footwear can lead to things like athlete's foot, blisters and even slips and falls. Most people tend to look for something lightweight for the summer but that may not always be the right option for you. For example, if you are working a landscaping or golf course job you will most likely need a boot or shoe that is waterproof. A great option is a Hiker style boot, like the Kodiak Quest Bound – these shoes are made for walking in but also feature things like waterproof materials which will keep your feet protected in the elements.

Heat Exhaustion

Our bodies naturally adjust to maintain a temperature between 36 and 38 degrees Celsius, sweating helps keep our body cool but if you are working outdoors in the summer that may not be enough. If your body heats up faster than it can cool itself that's what leads to hear exhaustion and heat stroke.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include headaches, nausea, weakness, fatigue and dizziness along with physical symptoms like cool, pale, and clammy skin. Heat stroke symptoms can include hot, dry, flushed skin. Other symptoms include agitation and confusion along with a decreased level of consciousness and awareness. If someone is experiencing symptoms of heat stroke 911 should be called immediately.

Some ways to prevent heat exhaustion can be taking cool down breaks (in the shade or a place with air conditioning), drinking lots of fluids, and wearing clothing appropriate for the weather. If you need to wear pants for your position you should check out CoolWorks Pants - these pants have ventilated panels to keep you comfortable on the job site.

Sun Exposure

If you are spending 5 days a week in the sun, it’s important to protect your skin and eyes from sun damage.

The best thing you can do is to wear sunscreen and making sure you are reapplying every two hours if you are outdoors all day, especially to areas that get a lot of sun exposure, like your nose, ears, and neck. As well, it is important to wear sunglasses or tinted safety glasses to protect your eyes from the UV rays and sun damage. 

Clothing also plays a major part in sun exposure as well, wearing a hat and light coloured clothing is also important. Timberland Pro's Wicking Good collection features shirts that have an SPF of 50+.

Pests & Plants

Another thing you need to keep an eye out for while working outdoors is pests and plants, this especially true if you are doing any kind of landscaping or forestry type work. 

Pests like mosquitoes and horse flies can be annoying but don't pose much risk to your health. However, there are other pests that can be a bit more harmful, such as Ticks. The risk of getting a tick bite starts when the weather warms up in the spring, through until the fall. Ticks can contain Lyme disease which can cause rashes, chills and fever - if left untreated it can lead to neurological disorders and arthritis.

Other things you should keep an eye for is harmful plants like poison ivy that can lead to rashes and skin sensitivity. 

The best way to protect yourself is to wear long sleeved shirts and pants and to make sure you are checking yourself consistently for rashes and bites.

We hope this guide helps protect you from some of the elements and hazards you may experience on the job site during the summer.

Curious about the products featured in this article? Check them out below:

Kodiak Quest Bound Mid Men's 6 Inch Waterproof Composite Toe Work Boot KD0A4TELA62 - Brown
Kodiak Quest Bound Mid Men's 6 Inch Waterproof Composite Toe Work Boot KD0A4TELA62 - Brown
Kodiak Quest Bound Mid Men's 6 Inch Waterproof Composite Toe Work Boot KD0A4TELA62 - Brown
Kodiak Quest Bound Mid Men's 6 Inch Waterproof Composite Toe Work Boot KD0A4TELA62 - Brown
Kodiak Quest Bound Mid Men's 6 Inch Waterproof Composite Toe Work Boot KD0A4TELA62 - Brown
Kodiak Quest Bound Mid Men's 6 Inch Waterproof Composite Toe Work Boot KD0A4TELA62 - Brown
Kodiak Quest Bound Mid Men's 6 Inch Waterproof Composite Toe Work Boot KD0A4TELA62 - Brown
Kodiak Quest Bound Mid Men's 6 Inch Waterproof Composite Toe Work Boot KD0A4TELA62 - Brown
Kodiak Quest Bound Mid Men's 6 Inch Waterproof Composite Toe Work Boot KD0A4TELA62 - Brown
Kodiak Quest Bound Mid Men's 6 Inch Waterproof Composite Toe Work Boot KD0A4TELA62 - Brown

Kodiak Quest Bound Mid Men's 6 Inch Waterproof Composite Toe Work Boot KD0A4TELA62 - Brown

$189.99
CoolWorks Hi-Vis Men's Ventilated Cargo Work Pants
CoolWorks Hi-Vis Men's Ventilated Cargo Work Pants
CoolWorks Hi-Vis Men's Ventilated Cargo Work Pants

CoolWorks Hi-Vis Men's Ventilated Cargo Work Pants CW2NVR- Navy

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How do I make sure to get the right size?

To measure your feet:

  1. Get a blank piece of paper, a pencil and a tape measure.
  2. Stand with one foot on the piece of paper, and have most of your weight on your foot to simulate walking.
  3. Holding the pencil perfectly vertical and perpendicular to the paper, mark a line at the back of your heel and at the tip of your longest toe. Also mark a line along each side of the widest part of your foot.
  4. Measure length and width to the nearest 16th inch and subtract .20 to .25 inches, or .50 centimetres, to account for the width of the pencil.
  5. Find your corresponding size in the charts below.

A couple of tips to get the perfect fit:

  • Measure your feet later in the day as feet normally swell and can become up to half a size bigger in the evening.
  • Measure both feet and use the measurements of the biggest foot. Many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Wear the same type of socks you will generally be wearing on the job when you measure your feet.

Here are some general guidelines to assess fit once you’ve received your new boots:

  • Try on new boots towards the end of the day.
  • Walk around in a clean environment for a couple of hours to make sure the boots are comfortable.
  • Try boots on both feet, as many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Boots should fit snugly around the heel and ankle when laced.
  • The inner side of the boot should be straight from the heel to the end of the big toe.
  • The boot should grip the heel firmly.

Measuring apparel for proper fit

Size X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large 3X-Large
Neck - Inches 13-13.5 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Neck - Centimetres 33-35 36-37 38-39 41-42 43-44 45-47 48-50
Chest - Inches 30-32 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56
Chest - Centimetres 76-81 86-91 97-102 107-112 117-122 127-132 137-147
Waist - Inches 27-28 29-31 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50
Waist - Centimetres 68-71 73-78 81-83 91-96 101-106 111-116 121-127

Hint: For the most accurate results, measure yourself in your undergarments.

  • Neck: Measure around the base of your neck, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your neck to allow ease in fit.
  • Chest: Measure around the fullest part of your chest, keeping tape firmly under your armpits and around your shoulder blades.
  • Waist: Measure around your waist, slightly below your natural waist, where you normally wear your pants. Insert your forefinger between the tape and your body to allow ease in fit.
  • Sleeve length: Bend your arm slightly. Measure from centre back neck, across your shoulder, down to your elbow, down to your wrist.
  • Hip: Measure around the fullest part of your hips, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your hip to allow ease in fit.
  • Inseam: Measure a similar pant that fits you well. Measure along the inseam, from the crotch seam to the bottom of the hem.

Between sizes?

If your measurements are in between those listed in the size chart, pick the next larger size.