Stay Cool and Protected: The Essential PPE Guide for Summer

PPE for Summer

Stay Cool and Protected: The Essential PPE Guide for Summer

In our previous article, we have provided you with a list of safety tips to keep yourself and your employees cool and hydrated during hot summer days. With the ongoing impacts of  climate change, temperatures in the UK can get up to 35°C, making it hard for people working outdoors in potential hazardous environments – like construction, energy, and oil & gas workers – who have to wear PPE at all times. For this reason, today we have prepared a comprehensive guide covering all the essential personal protective equipment you need when working under the sun. With our expert recommendations, you can confidently step outside knowing that you have the right gear to keep you both cool and protected.

Types of PPE for Summer: Clothing and Accessories

When it comes to summer PPE, clothing and accessories play a vital role in protecting you from the sun’s harmful rays and other potential hazards. We recommend you opt for garments made from UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) fabrics that block harmful UV rays and provide a higher level of sun protection compared to regular clothing. We also recommend you choose lightweight and wicking garments, which will keep you dry and ensure you are comfortable for longer. For additional sun protection, don’t forget about accessories like sun sleeves. Investing in these types of clothes and accessories will regulate your body temperature and enhance your comfort during hot summer days.

At Healthy Bean, we understand that for individuals working in construction, road maintenance, or other outdoor occupations, wearing the appropriate high-visibility PPE is essential to ensure safety and well-being. To prevent you from compromising between being visible and being comfortable under the sun, we offer an extensive selection of wicking and cooling hi vis vests, t-shirts, and polo shirts.

Cooling Technologies: Cooling Vests, Bandanas, and Towels

When the summer heat becomes unbearable, cooling technologies can provide much-needed relief. Cooling vests, bandanas, and towels are designed to regulate body temperature and keep you cool even in scorching temperatures. They are worn directly against the skin and use evaporative cooling to lower body temperature and provide instant relief from the heat. At Healthy Bean, we know how these garments can be beneficial for individuals who work or engage in physical activities outdoors, this is why we provide an extensive range of Cooling Workwear to help you stay comfortable and protected during the hottest days of summer.

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High Vis Cooling Vest
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AWDis Cool Polo Shirt

Sun Protection Accessories: Hats and Sunglasses

Accessories such as sunglasses and sun hats are not only fashionable but also crucial for protecting your head, eyes, and face from the sun. Look for sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection to shield your eyes from both UVA and UVB rays. Additionally, polarized lenses reduce glare and provide better clarity, making them ideal for outdoor activities. Additionally,  wide-brimmed hats and MeshAir caps will allow maximum ventilation while also shielding from sun rays.

Footwear for Summer: Breathable and Protective Options

Choosing the right footwear for summer is crucial for both comfort and protection. Breathable shoes with moisture-wicking properties allow air circulation and help keep your feet dry to prevent discomfort caused by sweat and friction. Depending on the type of activity you have to perform, safety sandals can be the ideal choice for you. They are designed to protect your feet from sharp objects while also allowing water to drain easily.

The importance of Sunscreen

Last but not least, remember that sunscreen is your first line of defense against the sun’s harmful rays to prevent sunburn, skin damage, and reducing the risk of skin cancer. Look for broad-spectrum sunscreens with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) that protect against both UVA and UVB rays and apply it generously to all exposed areas of your body, including the face, neck, ears, and hands.

Now that you know everything about PPE for the summer, browse our website and get everything you need to be safe and comfortable under the sun!

Healthy Bean is the ideal supplier for those looking for high-quality PPESafety Workwear and Safety Footwear solutions. With more than 4,000 products, we provide the best option for all types of work environments, from construction to manufacturing, welding, medical, food production, hospitality, corporate, and more.

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