In South Texas, the average temperature in September is above 90 degrees. For many workers, the heat of summer and fall creates challenging work environments. The most obvious challenges are heat exhaustion and heat stroke that result from exposure to the sun. Employers should also watch for another potential danger to workers from the heat: a lack of personal protective equipment.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is mandated either by employers or by safety regulations to protect workers from hazards. It may involve head, ear or eye protection, hand protection, leg and foot protection, respiratory protection, or other equipment that protects workers from hazards.