Summers can be brutal, no matter where you are in the South; however, the high humidity and extreme temperatures along the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast create that “heat index” that all of us working in the petrochemical industry dread. PPE requirements compound the situation. Heat exhaustion, or even worse, a heat stroke can strike when least expected, if employees are not properly hydrated and protected from the sun. Keeping employees safe is always our priority; not only our employees, but yours as well. This is why we offer the best in Cool Down Safety Trailers.
Industry site workers are subjected to the risks of very cold or very hot and humid conditions, high winds, storms, excessive sun exposure, as well as natural disasters. Weather conditions can change quickly with little or no warning. Our region’s long-hot summers; however, are conditions for which we can, and should, be prepared.
Make KTM’s Cool Down Safety Trailers an integral part of your Heat Illness Protection Program.
Cool Down Safety Trailer Features
Protecting your employees doesn’t need to be a challenge. Our 16-foot Cool Down Safety Trailers are equipped with shaded seating, and Portacool evaporative coolers to reduce the ambient temperature, making the cooling trailer roughly 15 – 20 degrees cooler than the temperature outside.; allowing employees respite from the heat and sun. The trailer helps employees cool down, but doesn’t expose them to the extreme difference between exterior temperature and the air-conditioned temperature of a vehicle or air-conditioned building.
Signs & Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness
Train your employees on the signs and symptoms of Heat-related illnesses, and how to prevent Heat Stress:
Symptoms Heat Exhaustion
- Headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting;
- Weakness and moist skin;
- Mood changes – such as irritability or confusion; and/or
- Upset stomach or vomiting.
Symptoms Heat Stroke
- Dry, hot skin with no sweating;
- Mental confusion or losing consciousness; and/or
- Seizures or convulsions
Preventing Heat Stress
- Block out direct sun or other heat sources as much as possible.
- Use Cooling Stations, fans; rest when possible.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing, wicking undergarment, wicking socks
- Drink lots of water, drink electrolytes several times daily.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, and heavy meals.
- Know the signs/symptoms of heat-related illness; monitor yourself and coworkers.