Protective Clothing & Uniforms for Hot Work Enviroments

Get ready for another scorching Indiana summer, and make sure your work crew can beat the heat!

Companies with workers exposed to long periods of summer heat and humidity must take additional measures to safeguard their employees while on the job. Working in hot environments can expose workers to severe health hazards, such as heat stress, dehydration, and other heat-related illnesses.

To mitigate these risks, it’s crucial to equip workers with suitable clothing and uniforms that provide adequate protection and keep them cool and comfortable.

Uniforms For Work Under The Sun

Workers who spend long hours of the day under the heat of the sun need uniforms designed to keep them safe from both harmful sun exposure and heat illnesses. When carefully considering which uniforms are right for your team, it is essential to consider the fabric, the fit, and the feel of the garments.

Worker in UPF 40 rated short sleeve enhanced visibility work shirtThe Fabric

Garments made from breathable fabrics, such as cotton, polyester, or a mesh blend, are ideal for hot work environments. These fabrics allow air to circulate, which helps regulate body temperature and prevent overheating. 

When working under the sun, it is also important to consider the color of the garment & whether or not it is UV rated. Uniforms should be made in light colors, such as yellow, white, or beige, to reflect the sun’s rays and keep the worker cool. Additionally, you will want to ensure it is UV rated to protect the skin from constant sun exposure. 

Plymate offers a variety of “UPF 40” rated garments in our uniform rental catalog. We use UPF as a rating because it measures both UVA and UVB rays for ultimate sun protection. View our catalog!

The Fit

After you have selected the right uniform fabrics, it is also crucial to select the right fit. Uniforms should be loose-fitting to allow for air circulation and prevent overheating. Tight-fitting clothing can restrict blood flow and increase the risk of heat-related illnesses.

Additionally, uniforms should cover as much exposed skin as possible to protect from harmful sun rays & sunburns. Lightweight & loose, long-sleeve shirts and breathable, lightweight pants are ideal for keeping workers protected, cool, and comfortable when working under the hot sun. 

The Feel

Another important consideration is, of course, the feel of the uniform. It is important that workers feel comfortable on the job. Uncomfortable uniforms and fabrics can get in the way of workers performing their jobs well and can decrease employee satisfaction and morale

You should find a uniform rental provider with an excellent customer service reputation and a documented transition program that allows you to feel and inspect uniforms before assigning them to your team.

Don’t Sweat It! Let Plymate Take Care Of Your Uniform Needs

There are a lot of small details to look for when finding the right uniforms to keep your workers safe and comfortable in the summer heat. Don’t sweat it! With over 90 years in the uniform business (and over 90 summers living in the Indiana heat), Plymate is an expert in helping you find the right fabric, fit, and feel for the perfect summer uniforms. 

Contact one of our knowledgeable customer service associates today!