Toward the end of the summer, temperatures start to rise. If you work outdoors or in a hot environment, it's important to avoid heat-related illnesses by keeping cool and hydrating.
New technology designed to keep workers cool and comfortable may be a convenient way to help you beat the heat at work.
Air-conditioned shirts are here. The Octocool air-conditioned shirt uses two high powered 97mm wide fans to circulate air throughout the shirt. Thanks to its 4,400 watt battery, these shirts can function for an average of 8.5 hours.
Another type of shirt that can keep you cool is the Techniche Kewlshirt. These shirts are lined with waterproof nylon that have pockets to contain cold packs.
There are places on your body, called pulse points, that have a bigger influence on your body's overall temperature than others. One pulse point that is easy to access is your wrist. Wristify, a heating and cooling bracelet, can keep your entire body feeling comfortable with only the cold pulses it sends to your wrists.
Other types of wrist cooling devices, such as wrist wraps soak up cold water and claim to provide 5 to 10 hours of cooling relief per soaking.
Fans can also be a helpful remedy to extreme heat if you stay in the same spot while you work. If you work at a booth, a small iPhone plug-in fan may be sufficient to add a little extra breeze on a hot day.
Constructions workers, on the other hand, may opt for a larger misting fan, which adds a little spritz of water to the air as it blows.
Illnesses caused by extreme heat at work can be deadly. If you have suffered a heat-related illness at work, contact a lawyer to discuss whether you may be able to receive workers' compensation benefits. Whether or not your employer has been negligence, compensation may still be available to cover medical bills, lost wages and other related expenses.