Industrial work environments are not ideal for comfort. They are often hot, stuffy, and stifling. Factor in the appropriate PPE that many workers are required to wear, and regulating body temperature can become extremely difficult, if not impossible. Without preventative measures, the results can be fatal.
Respirators and other PPE are key in protecting workers who are exposed to harmful substances. However, this protective gear can exacerbate the effects of extreme heat, making workers uncomfortable or leading to severely harmful or potentially fatal effects.