Many work environments are exposed to elevated temperatures. It’s so commonplace that the risks are often normalized and considered “just part of the job.” Complacency towards these risks results in thousands of heat related illnesses and injuries every year. The risks of performing work in hot condition should not be ignored as the business impacts can be costly and the health consequences can be incredibly dangerous and even life threatening.
While workplace safety is the top concern when it comes to working in hot conditions, productivity also declines are temperatures rise. The human body’s physiological response to increased ambient temperature is to redirect resources toward cooling the body, negatively impacting physical strength and cognitive ability. Studies have shown strong and direct correlation between worker productivity and temperature with a decline of 2% productivity for every 1.8oF increase above 77oF. Read more about the relationship between hot workplaces and declining productivity.
Workplaces such as factories, production facilities, warehouses, outdoor jobsites as well as enclosed buildings with indoor machinery are all at risk for hot work environments. Keeping personnel cool in these areas is key to improving both safety and productivity.
Beyond the clear benefits of cooling work areas, employers are legally obligated to provide hazard free working conditions as stated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These regulations include a properly ventilated work area.
Keeping workers cool is especially critical when operating or working near heavy machinery. With the potential for human error to increase as temperature rises, the presence of major hazards such as industrial equipment magnify the consequences. This combination of hot working conditions in excess of 80, 90, and even 100 degrees fahrenheit in close proximity to heavy machinery is common in iron and steel foundries, smelting facilities, brick and ceramic plants, glass production facilities, rubber product factories, boiler rooms, bakeries, commercial kitchens, food canneries, and many more.
Outdoor work environment can also pose the same risk profile. Where hot weather or direct sun are present, so too are the risks associated with working in heated conditions. Some examples of potentially hot outdoor working environments include farms, oil and gas sites, construction, asbestos removal, landscaping, hazardous waste sites, and even emergency response operations.
Effective cooling is an absolute necessity for hot working conditions such as these. The physiological effects that negatively impact body function at elevated temperatures pose serious safety risks to those affected by hot environments as well as those nearby. By properly cooling personnel and their working spaces, heat strokes and other potentially catastrophic safety-related consequences can be avoided and worker productivity will even increase!
Breezer Mobile Cooling understands the tremendous risks involved with performing work in hot conditions and is committed to creating a climate of safety. As a leading innovator of indoor and outdoor cooling equipment, Breezer Mobile Cooling delivers the most effective indoor and outdoor workspace cooling equipment.
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