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The Guardian Fall Team Blog

As a full-line fall protection manufacturer, we put a lot of energy into making the most effective products for the worker-at-height. We want to make sure that you have the safest experience possible while performing your work. But although we try to control as many aspects of working at height as possible, one thing that is out of our control is the weather. Depending on where you work, you may experience heat, cold, wind, rain; or in our part of the country all of them at the same time (or so it seems sometimes). As unpredictable as the weather can be, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things you can do to prepare for working in bad weather.

A Balancing Act

Hydration is a critical part of staying healthy on the job. Water is the mechanism that carries vital nutrients to your cells, it supports body temperature regulation, and in fact, makes up almost 60% of your body weight. If I were to ask you under what conditions you should be most mindful of staying hydrated, you’d probably say “hot.” And, for the most part, you’d be right. As a means to regulate your body temperature in high heat environments, your body excretes water which helps shed heat, keeping you cooler. But what about the cold? Think because it’s not hot you’re not losing water? Think again. As temperatures fall and the relative humidity of the air drops, your body begins to equalize its water content with the air surrounding it. That’s why get dry skin and lips. Even though it’s not as apparent, we are always losing water, and hence, need to replace it – even 30 stories up.

Quench Your Thirst

To keep you healthy at height, we offer our Premium Halo Harness with the optional Hydrapak hydration system. With a 1.5 liter capacity and an insulated drinking tube, you can take your tasty refreshment wherever you go. Or, if you’ve got your hydration taken care of elsewhere, you can still keep cool during the dog days of summer by tossing one of our Coolpaks in the back of your Halo. Either way you go, you’ll be one step closer to a comfortable – and more productive – work day.

Weather Affects Everything

While we are on the subject of weather, remember, the weather doesn’t just affect the worker – it also affects your gear. Just as heat or cold affects your body’s performance, it also affects the performance of SRLs, lanyards, harnesses, and everything else the worker-at-height relies on to keep them safe. Luckily for you, Guardian performs stringent “condition” tests whereby we subject our products to extreme heat, cold, and moisture and test them to make sure they perform as expected. To get the full details on this process, read our blog post to see how it’s all done.