Sweat management is a growing issue for many individuals wearing hard hats, tactical combat helmets, bump caps, respirators, bike helmets, motorcycle helmets, and other headwear items. Most commercial products like terry bands, skull caps, sponges, expensive crystals, and items you dunk in water, are ineffective at helping to fight heat stress in the warmer weather. When the sun beats down on a hard hat or tactical combat helmet, the temperature in the area above the head rises to a sweltering 146 degrees. Any extra moisture that remains, under the headwear item, will turn into steam, and heat up the head, like you would steam a lobster. This increase in heat decreases production levels, and increases heat stress related injuries. Products that remain stagnant will hit an overload, where they can’t absorb any more liquid, and release the salty perspiration back into the eyes.
To this point, health and safety managers have stated that a significant percentage of eye injuries result from soldiers or workers introducing debris into their eyes, while wiping sweat. It’s not uncommon for soldiers and workers to wear safety items such as gloves, safety glasses, facemasks, or other protective clothing that inhibits them from safely wiping the sweat. Soldiers may choose to remove their gloves or safety glasses, even remove their helmets, caps, or hard hat to wipe sweat from their eyes. In doing so, they may violate safety compliance, and expose their hands, eyes, and head to risk of injury. As with other safety equipment, the costs and risks associated with using inadequate sweat protection can be great; this can cause eye injuries from having dust, debris, or chemicals trickled into the eyes, or rubbed into the eye, when wiping the brow with a dirty glove. Eye injuries cost, on average, $800 per incident. When workers are out in the field, there is no safe place for them to remove their helmets, as the safety procedure dictate, causing a major dilemma.