Keep Warm During Winter
Working outside during the winter months can be hard going when it's freezing cold and/or wet. Keeping warm and comfortable is possible, even in the harshest of conditions, with the right choice of clothing.
Here is the ACE guide to winter essentials that will help you to avoid getting cold. Autumn is now well upon us and with clocks having gone back now is the time to review your Winter clothing and footwear. Ensure that you are prepared for the winter ahead.
Multi Use Jackets
Perfect for our ever-changeable English weather, these can be worn in various ways to suit different weather conditions and the type of work being carried out. The 7-in-1 Jacket is suitable for ‘All Seasons’ has the highest protection against water penetration.
This highly versatile garment has a breathable outer shell, removable hood, an external phone pocket, D rings for attaching identity tags, fleece lined collar on outer garment, Velcro adjustable cuffs, hand warmer pockets, an inner jacket, zipout sleeves and reflective tape to ensure the wearer is visible and can stay safe.
Wearing options include:-
- Outer jacket worn with inner jacket
- Outer jacket only
- Inner jacket only
- Inner jacket only reversed
- Outer jacket with bodywarmer (sleeves removed)
- Bodywamer only
- Bodywarmer only reversed
See also our 4-in-1 jacket
Hi Vis Clothing
Check clothing and replace any dirty or worn Items to ensure that you will be seen. Pay particular attention to reflective strips that may have worn out with regular washing or hard wear. Especially important with the shorter days, dark mornings and evenings, so now is the time to ‘replace and be safe’.
Example product: B-Seen Constuctor Hi Vis Bomber Jacket Features:-
- Heavyweight 300D Polyester Oxford outer shell with PU coating
- Press stud flap
- Quilted lining
- Fully taped seams
- 2 Lower front pockets with flaps
- Internal breast pocket
- Concealed hood/drawcord in collar
High visibility clothing includes vests, t-shirts, trousers, jackets, hats and coveralls.
Wet Weather Clothing
Protect against wet weather with suitable defense against water penetration. Ensure that you have the correct outer layers to keep dry. Choose class 3 protection for the
highest shielding against foul weather. Active workers should look for a breathable fabric to stop condensation build up inside the garment. Sweating, or perspiring, is a normal but heavy sweating can be disastrous as the moisture can make us even colder. Look for fabrics that are breathable to prevent this.
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Many Summer work boots are not suitable for Winter conditions. Worn leather boots and wellingtons where the rubber has split will need to be replaced to ensure feet are kept dry.
Example product: B-Click Footwear Fur Lined Rigger Safety Boots Features:-
- Dual density PU Apollo leather upper
- 200 Joule steel toe cap and midsole
- Padded ankle Shock absorber heel
- TPU structured heel support
- Anti-slip and anti-static sole
- Sole restistant to oil, acid and alkali
- Fur lining
- Conforms to EN345 S1P
Look for for versions with Fur / Thinsulate linings to keep feet toasty-warm. Ace offer many styles suitable for all trades and occassions, see full range.
Specialist freezerwear is designed specifically for use in coldstores and freezeers. However, we’ve found that these items are also popular with people working in any cold environments and even outside in the winter.
Example product: B-Click Freezerwear Coldstar Coverall Features:-
- Robust Oxford nylon outer fabric
- Knee pad pouch pockets
- 3 patch pockets
- Heavy duty zip & fly front
- 2" Reflective body band
- 2" Reflective leg bands
- Conforms to EN342
Choose from a huge range of outerwear, thermal underwear and accessories to trap in the heat for people who work in cold conditions, stay warm and safe.
ACE Clothing tips for cold weather
- Choose clothing appropriate for the job and the level of activity, as well as for the cold
- Wear several layers; these trap an insulating layer of air, and single layers can be put on or taken off as conditions change
- Wear wool or synthetics next to the skin so that sweat is "wicked" away
- Use larger footwear to allow for thicker socks
- Use waterproofs in wet weather and change into dry clothes when wet
- Choose hoods that work with safety headgear and don't compromise hearing protection
- Make sure safety training includes how to spot the signs of frostbite andhypothermia
- Remember warm drinks and high-calorie foods
- Take regular breaks in warm areas
- Ensure that equipment can be used easily without having to remove gloves.