Beat the Heat: 7 Summer Safety Supplies to Protect Workers and Boost Productivity [Gallery]

How to Purchase Heat Specific PPE from the Master Core List to Realize Cost Savings and Mitigate Risk


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On average, there are more heat related fatalities per year in the United States than any other weather event. There are even more heat-related illnesses. According to the National Weather Service, heat accounts for 130 victims per year, the only weather event to reach a triple digit 30-year average.

While it may be a surprising statistic, on average, heat is more fatal than flooding, lightning, winter, cold, wind, rip currents, tornadoes and hurricanes. This is a necessary reminder that, as we approach summer, you need to arm your workers with reliable and safe personal protective equipment (PPE). Procurement should purchase preventative PPE designed to protect in harsh and hot elements- it could be the difference between life and death.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who work outdoors are more likely to become dehydrated and to get a heat-related illness. The CDC offers these tips to prevent heat illness and fatalities for workers:

  • Prevent heat illness with acclimatization
  • Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar
  • Wear and reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package
  • Ask if tasks can be scheduled for earlier or later in the day to avoid midday heat
  • Wear a brimmed hat and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing
  • Spend time in air-conditioned building during breaks and after work
  • Encourage co-workers to take breaks to cool off and drink water
  • Seek medical care immediately if you or a co-worker have symptoms of heat-related illness
Corporate United partner Fastenal offers a FAST Guide to Heat Illness infographic packed with prevention tips, how to identify symptoms, how to offer assistance to a colleague in danager, and employer responsibilities when it comes to heat. 


How Heat Affects Worker Productivity

Heat is a huge risk factor in overall worker health; in addition it can also be a drain on productivity and revenue loss.

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Once the heat is on, selecting the right PPE will protect your workers and can boost productivity. Emphasize safety and maximize savings by supplying your workers with these 7 summer necessities from the Corporate United Industrial Supplies and MRO Master Core List:


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The Corporate United Master Core List is comprised of approximately 13,000 commonly purchased, aggressively priced MRO items available through the CU/ Fastenal program. The Master Core List is updated on a semi-annual basis to be more responsive to members’ activities, which in turn improves member pricing on the MRO items most important to CU members. The most recent update to the Master Core List in January 2017 resulted in an additional 3.5% savings for members on the Industrial Supplies and MRO program.


The Industrial Supplies and MRO program delivers value to members through our competitive pricing structure and elevated service levels. In addition to the continued year over year cost savings, the key driver has been CU’s commitment to help members procure MRO more intelligently and navigate efficiently. Through strategic category management, CU identifies and implements new ways to drive value for members from a total cost of ownership perspective.

Have you been taking advantage of Master Core List savings as you prep your workforce for summer safety? Contact CU to realize the full value of your MRO program.

Matt Narens: Manager, Category Development at Corporate United
In his role at Corporate United Matt works with both CU members and supplier partners to ensure that the programs he manages are delivering maximum value. This includes everything from commercializing new offerings to conducting category lifecycle and supplier relationship management. His efforts are focused on minimizing the administrative burden and reducing the total cost of ownership related to indirect spend for Corporate United members. They also include aligning strategies with Corporate United’s supplier partners in order to best meet the needs of the market.