Tips for Moisture Management & Keeping Workers Comfortable in their PPE
Uncomfortable PPE is the #1 reason workers take off their safety gear, and that’s when injuries occur. Workers report that heat and moisture are two of the biggest contributors to discomfort. But new PPE designs and materials for moisture management focus on keeping workers cool, dry and comfortable. Features to help you stay cool:
Air permeability measures how easily air can pass through a material.
Mesh materials are a popular new alternative that can allow for 60% more airflow through gloves for better heat dissipation and cooler hands.
Sensory cooling comes from special fibers that induce the sensation of coolness by triggering cold receptors in the nerve endings near your skin's surface.
Manufacturers now offer fabrics that feel cool to the touch to enhance overall comfort. A good example is Magid’s own DX Technology™ material that was specially developed to be lightweight and feel cool to the touch.
Moisture Wicking Fibers
Moisture wicking fibers are treated to accelerate moisture evaporation. This process of moisture management in textiles moves sweat away from your body to keep you dry and cool.
Manufacturers are making modifications at the fiber level to help speed evaporation by pairing moisture management fibers with fabric constructions like mesh that offer better air permeability. The most commonly used material is modified polyester - with fibers that are designed to encourage moisture to migrate through.