It's getting warmer on our earth. This has an impact on the climate in the workplace. What do you do when it gets hot and sticky in the office? When working in the production or outdoors is hardly bearable? The stress caused by heat and UV radiation makes you weak and can be harmful to your health.
Medical doctors and occupational scientists have shown in studies that many firefighters, for example, reach a body temperature of 38-39°C within 25 minutes. Many employees in workplaces above 26°C feel the same way. Not to mention hot workplaces at 37°C or working with protective clothing. But it does not have to be so extreme. Sooner or later, everyone will have problems with the heat at high temperatures.
The employer must take protective measures. Often with technical solutions as air conditioning. Unfortunately, these are not environmentally friendly and there are none outside or even in many buildings. That is why we have developed the perfect, climate-neutral heat protection strategy.
H&S in heat is not easy without sweating. Transpiration increases, temperature rises, work safety decreases dramatically. On the one hand, personal protection equipment (PPE) provides protection against heat, but on the other leads to increased exhaustion. The consequences are loss of performance and health problems. To guarantee work safety PPE should always be worn in combination with cooling clothes such as cooling vest or cool shirt.
So, when transpiration is significantly reduced, the health and safety of workers at hot workplaces and for fire fighters is no longer at risk. Particularly in summer when temperatures rise, sweating under PPE poses an additional problem for people’s health and leads to loss of performance and an increased risk of accidents.
Even in offices without air-conditioning systems, the cooling vest or cool shirt provides excellent heat protection and helps to improve concentration and performance. Right there, where noses turn up to sweat.
No need to sweat till you drop! Fight exhaustion by cooling clothes such as cooling vest or cool shirt, and also with 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 health impacts by heat.
In high temperatures, our cardiovascular systems run at maximum speed because 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. On the contrary! According to scientific studies, already 1.5-2% of fluid loss lead to a loss of performance of 4%. A study carried out by Wuppertal University together with the German Federal Highway Institute determined that at 37°C concentration was already reduced by 32%. Aggressiveness rises, the number of accidents increases. The continuously high heart frequency due to maximum thermoregulation of the body and associated sweating and exhaustion add to this situation. H&S at the workplace is different.
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
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.
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:
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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!
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.
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.