CLIMATE CHANGE INCREASES HEAT

COOLING FOR MORE HEALTH AND SAFETY

It is getting warmer on our planet. This impacts the temperature in our workplace. What do you do when it gets hot and sticky in the office? And what when working in production or outdoors is hardly bearable? The stress caused by heat and UV radiation makes one weak and can be harmful to our health.

Doctors and scientists have conducted studies that analyzed heat temperatures in different workplaces. For example, firefighters reach a body temperature of 38-39°C within 25 minutes. They feel exhausted and feverish. Many employees in other workplaces where the temperature is above 26°C experience the same feelings. There are even workplaces with temperatures of 37°C and above. Other places require one to wear protective clothing, which is so well insulted that it feels like sunbathing with a winter jacket. Sooner or later, problems caused by the increasing temperatures will affect most of us.


The employer must take protective measures. The most common approach are technical solutions like air conditioning. Those are not environmentally friendly and reach their limits when it comes to the application outside or in huge production halls. Fortunately, there is a climate-neutral heat protection solution: E.COOLINE clothing.

 

 

 

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COOL AT WORK

Better performance at work by cooling

H&S in heat is not easy without sweating. When transpiration increases and temperature rises, work safety decreases dramatically. While personal protection equipment (PPE) provides protection against heat, it also leads to increased exhaustion. The consequences are loss of performance and more importantly health problems. To guarantee long term success with work safety, PPE should always be worn in combination with cooling clothes such as cooling vest or cool shirt.

When transpiration is significantly reduced, the health and safety of workers at hot workplaces is no longer at risk. Particularly in summer, sweating under PPE poses an additional problem for people’s health and leads to loss of performance and an increased risk of accidents.

In offices without air-conditioning systems, the cooling vest or cool shirt provides excellent heat protection and helps to improve well-being, concentration and performance.

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Cooler is healthier

There is no need to sweat until you faint! Tackle exhaustion with cooling clothes such as cooling vest or cooling shirt, or a combination of cooling caps, bandanas and neckbands.

E.COOLINE is a unique cooling system, which mimics the natural climate control of the body and thus prevents loss of performance and concentration by heat and reduces its impacts on health.

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A decrease of more than 30% in concentration through heat

Our cardiovascular system runs at maximum speed in high temperatures. The body suffers from loss of fluids and heat stress. Performance and concentration significantly decrease. 
Employees are often not sufficiently protected against the impacts of heat. Studies show that already 1.5-2% of fluid loss lead to a reduction in performance of about 4%. A study carried out by Wuppertal University and the German Federal Highway Institute determined that at an ambient temperature of 37°C, concentration was already reduced by 32%. In addition, Aggressiveness rises and so does the number of accidents. The continuously high heart frequency, a consequence of the thermoregulation of the body, sweating and exhaustion add to this situation. H&S at the workplace is different.

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Source: dpa press release on the study of Wuppertal University on behalf of the German Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen

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CHAMPIONSHIP AT WORK

Formula 1: A model for companies

Concentration and performance are extremely important for the health and well-being of employees. In times of demographic change, good and healthy employees will guarantee the continuous success of companies.

Hot working environments together with a high increase of body temperature may lead to heat strokes or even the failure of vital organs. The mechanics in the Formula 1 are confronted with similar problems as 3.5 million employees in Germany and millions more worldwide.

With appropriate cooling these risks can be prevented. In the YouTube video at the side, Lotus F1 Race Manager Paul Seaby demonstrates what can be done with the use of cool shirt, arm coolers and helmet inlay

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Workplaces with temperatures exceeding 26°C or even 37°C are found in many facilities, mainly in steel mills or plastics factories.

E.COOLINE was already successfully tested in most of these working areas: in the automotive industry, foundries, steel mills, glass factories or at construction sites.

In all situations, E.COOLINE helped to keep the body temperatures of the employees at normal physiological level, i.e. between 28-32°C. The temperature was decreased by 6°C.

Workplace analyses confirm cooling efficiency

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Analysis of heat stress at the workplace – automotive
Analysis of heat stress at the workplace – glass manufacturer

HEAT STRESS IN GERMANY

Recent results of an online survey on heat at the workplace

Heat cause an increased number of accident at work and more downtime. They are just two of many alarming results obtained in a recent online survey. At total of 88 companies employing a total staff of about 640 000 took part in this survey. The figures clearly outline what happens in workplaces whent temperatures exceed 26°C or even 37°C. According to German BAuA (Federal Institute for Occupational Safety & Health), about 3.7 Mio. employees in Germany are suffer from heat related issues. Increasing temperatures and the UN Climate Report predicting more than 100% of additional hot days by 2020 do not give a bright outlook on the future:  

  • The number of employees affected by heat is significantly higher than assumed. Most companies (75%) have a hot workplaces all year round or at least during summer time.
  • According to 94% of all companies interviewed, heat related risk for employees caused has to be judged as very high with regard to health, accidents and performance.
  • Concentration and performance decrease (confirmed by 96%), health risks increase (confirmed by 94%) and risk of accidents as well as sick rate rise (75%).

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Toughest Firefighter Alive

Double world champion with E.COOLINE

There are world champions who also save lives.

Fire fighters Joachim Posanz and Alexander Meyer of the Göttingen fire brigade combine both:
Each year they fight fires to save lives. Each year they participate in professional championships to fight for the title of the world’s toughest firefighter.  Since 2010, the title of „Toughest Firefighter Alive“ has continuously been won by German firefighters.
Both world champion Joachim Posanz and Alexander Meyer, European and world vice champion, agree that the titles are attributed mainly to ECOOLINE!

 

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Heat affects the cardiovascular system

High temperatures demand a high performance from our cardiovascular systems. Our bodies have to deal with loss of liquid and heat.
Particularly elder or employees with cardiovascular problems are affected by heat. They often do not drink enough water. In elder people the ability to sweat has decreased and consequently their bodies are no longer able to easily release heat.

Both situations can lead to heat accumulation with a high increase of the body temperature. This can result in heat strokes or the failure of vital organs. Appropriate cooling helps to prevent these accidents. 

Demographic change confronts companies with new challenges

  • On average, the workfore gets older and more health sensitive
  • Higher risk by exposure of elder staff to heat exceeding 26°C (cf. Chart), more downtime by increased sick rate or early retirement
  • Shortage of younger workforce and skilled workers. There will be a lack of staff for the growth of your company.

Analyze the age structure of your workforce, identify hot workplaces exceeding 26°C and set the course to adapt to the demographic change at hot workplaces.

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