Safety Tips for Working Outside in Hot Weather

Construction WorkerAccording to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, taking more lives yearly than the combined efforts of floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes.

With thousands of workers experiencing heat-related illnesses – sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion & sunstroke – conditions that can quickly become deadly, knowing how to avoid them is crucial for any individual – from farmers to construction workers – working outside in the heat.

The following 3 tips provide the essential information needed for staying healthy & safe even while working for any length of time outside in the heat.

  1. Hydrate. Drinking lots of water is crucial for preventing serious illness and even death when working outside in the heat. Individuals should drink lots of water even if they don’t feel thirsty with non-alcoholic and decaffeinated liquids also being beneficial. Avoid caffeinated drinks, which have the potential to dehydrate.
  2. Protect. Protection while outside in the heat involves wearing the following items regularly: safetyglasseswithUVprotection, sunscreen, brimmed hats and loose & light clothing. Protection also means taking regular breaks and using cooling fans whenever possible.
  3. Educate. Know what triggers heat illness. Culprits include high temperatures, direct sun or heat, limited air flow, physical exertion, poor physical condition, some medications & bulky clothing.

Also, be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, which include dry, hot skin, no sweating, mental confusion, loss of consciousness, seizures and convulsions. Knowing these simple facts helps workers not only act when necessary to prevent a condition from worsening but also keeping it from happening in the first place.

For individuals who need to work in the heat, beating the heat requires a partnership. When workers and employers both understand the potential for heat-related illness and even death, prevention becomes a key focus when temperatures rise.

Employers can provide water, breaks, safety gear & education while workers can avail themselves of the resources and take responsibility for their own safety. At the same time, each person can watch for the signs of heat-related problems in others and add a layer of helpful accountability.

Product Review: Bullhead Kingfish Safety Glasses with Polarized/Photochromic Lenses

Bullhead Kingfish Safety Glasses with Polarized/Photochromic LensesAny active person wanting great all-around safety sunglasses need look no further than the Bullhead Kingfish Safety Glasses. These glasses work well for individuals involved in a variety of activities – such as multiple sports – and especially for those switching within multiple activities, each with unique lighting conditions and challenges, throughout the day.

Understand the Features

Before detailing specific experiences wearing the Bullhead Kingfish Safety Glasses, let’s discuss the features these glasses offer:

  • A transmission rate (amount of sunlight that will go through the lenses into the eyes) well suited for sports. With a 12% when fully darkened state and 32% when in their natural state, the Bullhead Kingfish allows enough light for seeing what you need to see in shade while also providing extra coverage in bright sunlight.
  • A super lightweight sports frame adds to the comfortableness of these glasses.
  • Wrap-around, 8-base curve lenses provide maximum protection plus 100% visual acuity (sharp vision).
  • Soft TPR adjustable nose piece won’t produce painful, red impressions on your nose after hours of constant wear.
  • Good Fit for a variety of face shapes, so most women and men will find the Bullhead Kingfish to be a comfortable fit.
  • Protection from the sun by filtering out 99% of dangerous UV light. When you understand How the Sun Affects Our Eyes, you realize how essential this feature is for your eyewear.
  • Polarized lenses that reduce glare, resulting in less eye fatigue.
  • Photochromic lenses that react to sunlight and adjust for optimum visibility in any lighting situation.
  • Safety protection by meeting ANSI Z87.1 high impact requirements, which tells wearers that eyes have increased protection from radiation, blunt impact, chemical splash and dust.


Experience the Features

Clearly, the Bullhead Kingfish Safety Glasses with Polarized/Photochromic Smoke Lens offer a solid list of features. But how do those features play out in real-life?

Consider the following notes taken during a 3-week product-review period.

  • These glasses will work well for individuals involved in a variety of activities and especially for those switching among several activities in any given day because the photochromic lenses transition seamlessly by adapting quickly to changing lighting situations.
  • While these glasses work well in bright sun, just like glasses with a permanent and darker tint, the benefits of the photochromic lens really showed through when in shaded areas and low-light (overcast) situations by constantly providing sharp vision.
  • During a 4-hour kayak trip down a river littered with fallen trees, the glasses provided constant clear vision even while in the sun one second and significant shade the next. In addition, eye fatigue never presented itself; in fact, the glasses were forgotten as they provided the necessary vision for every situation presented.
  • Whether running, walking or biking, these glasses adjusted very well to multi-light situations regardless of the time of day, unlike other sunglasses that needed removed in shaded areas, a definite hassle while exercising.
  • These glasses don’t slip and move on the face either. Anyone who exercises regularly knows how annoying it is to have glasses that constantly need adjusted because they don’t stay put.
  • While biking, regardless of the lighting situation, the gauge for mileage and time could be read without problem.
  • Unexpectedly, the Bullfish glasses provided excellent vision when sitting on the deck in the shade and reading. The sun glares off the deck, often causing headaches even when sitting in the shade, but these glasses not only adjusted to the shade but also prevented eye fatigue from the glare.
  • A cell phone screen also remains clearly visible while wearing the Bullhead glasses.
  • Having the ANSI protection for a low cost ($59) provides a terrific added benefit, especially for those who don’t want to buy different glasses for each activity.
  • For those who put their sunglasses on their heads when not wanting to wear them, such as when in the grocery store, knowing that the nose pieces won’t get caught in your hair is another added bonus.

3 Reasons to Wear Bullhead Kingfish Glasses

To summarize the benefits of these glasses in a practical sense, here are the three main reasons to purchase the Bullhead Kingfish Safety Glasses with Polarized/Photochromic Smoke Lens:

  1. Great all-around lens.
  2. Comfortable, lightweight fit.
  3. Solid eye protection.

Included among the top reasons people fail to wear proper eye protection are improper (uncomfortable or bothersome) fit and inability to see well in changing light situations. The Bullhead Kingfish Safety Glasses can eliminate these problems for most people, making eyes both healthier and safer.

So if you’re an active person who wants great vision that also results in healthier and safer eyes for a lifetime, the Bullhead Kingfish Glasses are a smart purchase.

Solving the Problem of Fogged Eyewear in Hot Weather

fogged safety glassesWith increased summertime temperatures comes increased problems with fogging eyewear, which can lead to serious safety issues for those working outside. From construction workers to first responders to welders, dealing with the problem of fogging can become a constant struggle and frustration. Fortunately, viable solutions exist.

First, let’s understand the problem by looking at the main causes of fogging eyewear.

Causes of Fogging

Fogging happens when there is a temperature difference between the inner and outer surface of lenses, kind of like what happens when a glass of cold water sweats when sitting outside in the sun. The factors contributing to fogging include:

  • Ambient heat, best understood when thinking of how much hotter the inside of a car sitting in the sun is than the actual outside temperature.
  • Tight eyewear, like found with goggles and wrap-around glasses, preventing air flow.
  • Increased humidity in the air settling on lenses.
  • Human exertion adding body heat and moisture through sweat.

Anyone working outside in warm weather can struggle with fogging eyewear, those who also wear face shields (welders, tactical officers, first responders) have increased problem with fogging lenses in the heat.

The most obvious struggle involves the inconvenience of eliminating the fog by continually having to clean lenses. But those with an eye for safety also realize the significant safety issues resulting from having to deal with fogged up safety eyewear.

Safety Issues Caused by Fogged Eyewear

Safety issues caused by fogging eyewear fall into two categories.

  1. Non-Compliance – Unfortunately, a solution for many is to remove their safety eyewear, making them vulnerable to a host of eye injuries.
  2. Impaired Vision – When eyewear is fogged, workers cannot see their best if at all, and this leads to increased possibility of injury.

A third problem caused by fogging eyewear involves the lost productivity that comes when workers are injured from not wearing safety eyewear or not being able to see properly due to fogging or when workers must stop work to safely deal with fogged-up lenses.

Independent research, as reported in OH&S, confirms the significant problem of fogging eyewear. That research found that “fogging is the number one vision-related barrier to wearing safety glasses.” In addition, 28% of safety professionals “believed fogged eyewear had contributed to injuries in their own workplaces.”

5 Solutions for Fogging Eyewear in Hot Weather

While no product provides 100% fog-proof protection, solutions do exist for all but eliminating fogging as a problem. Consider the following 5 suggestions for eliminating fogged eyewear both as a safety hazard and an annoyance.

  1. Start simple. Often, just a simple change in eyewear design makes all the difference. Changing the style of eyewear may provide the right amount of airflow to prevent fogging.
  2. Use a strap. Non-compliance often comes when workers remove glasses because of fog and fail to put them back on. With the goal of 100% compliance, wearing a strap to keep glasses always at least increases the chance for compliance.
  3. Apply anti-fog coating. In many cases, employers report the almost 100% elimination of problems caused by fogging eyewear after workers are provided with and apply anti-fog coating to their safety eyewear (glasses, goggles & shields). Knowing HowtoUseAnti-FogSolutions may be the key to eliminating fogged-up eyewear.
  4. Buy Anti-Fog Eyewear. Almost uncountable options exist when it comes to finding Anti-FogSafetyGlasses. Options include nearly any lens tint, bifocal lenses, polarized lenses and a variety of frame styles and fits, including those with attached LED lights.
  5. Go extreme. For most, glasses with anti-fog coating are enough to solve the problem, but for a few others (for example, those needing to wear both prescription eyewear and safety eyewear or those working in extreme heat) ExtremeAnti-FogGoggles with specific techniques to reduce fogging in extreme conditions are necessary. Those techniques include dual-pane lenses to eliminate condensation and built-in fans to forcefully remove moisture.

Don’t fall victim to fogging, one of the most common causes of non-compliance, not to mention one of the biggest frustrations regarding safety eyewear. Consider the root cause of your particular fogging problem and then take the necessary steps to eliminate it by implementing one or more of the proposed solutions.

For additional information on this topic, see 7 ThingsYouDidntKnowAboutAnti-FogSafetyGlasses.