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  • The New TechNiche KewlTowel™ ULTRA

    The New TechNiche KewlTowel™ ULTRA

    PRESS RELEASE: The NEW TechNiche KewlTowelTM ULTRA Evaporative Cooling Towel, Powered by KewlTowel™ Vista, California, May 13, 2019 –

    TechNiche LLC now offers an Evaporative Cooling ULTRA Towel that is made from our NEW 100% polyester cool knit fabric for enhanced performance. The KewlTowelTM is designed to help cool and refresh the user. It is easy to activate, simply submerge in water for 10-15 seconds, gently squeeze out the excess water and it is ready to cool! Once the user applies the towel to their exposed skin, it will create a natural cooling effect by releasing the water through evaporation. The KewlTowelTM will remain activated for several hours and can be reactivated over and over.

    Key Features:

    -Made from 100% Polyester cool knit fabric

    -Will remain hydrated for hours

    -Easily reactivated by submerging in water

    -Lightweight and durable

    -Machine or Handwash with mild detergent (Hang dry)

    -Size: 10” x 36” (25cm x 91cm)

    About TechNiche LLC TechNiche LLC designs, manufactures, and distributes personal cooling products that enhance performance, improve safety, and increase comfort. They offer a wide variety of climate control clothing and accessories.

    TechNiche, keeping you comfortable at work, rest or play!

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  • Heat Stress and Work Place Safety

    Heat Stress and Work Place Safety

    Heat stress occurs when our body is unable to cool itself down and becomes overheated. This heat can be generated internally through muscle use or externally by the environment.

    The body has three natural mechanisms for dealing with heat: Breathing, sweating and changing its blood flow. Sometimes these defense mechanisms are not enough, and the body’s temperature continues to rise. As heat increases, the body’s temperature and heart rate rises, and the body becomes susceptible to heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps, fainting, or a potentially fatal heat stroke.

    Many occupations require workers to be exposed to environments of high heat in both indoor and outdoor settings. Unfortunately, “[e]very year thousands of workers become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some are fatally injured (osha.gov)”.

    Working in hot conditions leave workers at risk to heat related illness and cause them to be slower and less productive. Therefore, preventing heat stress will protect workers health, improve their safety and increase their productivity!

    Take precautions, like the following, to reduce the chances of severe heat-related illnesses: -Drink plenty of water and electrolytes. -It is recommended to drink a ½ quart of water per hour (Or 1 Pint per hour, or 2 cups per hour, or 16 Fl oz per hour) -Sip water many times throughout the day (every 15 mins), rather than gulp down lots of liquids fewer times per day.

    • -Avoid beverages that contain alcohol, soda, caffeine or other diuretics
    • -Wear loose-fitting lightweight, light-colored clothing
    • -Wear headgear that provides shade
    • -Try to eat fewer warm foods and eat cooler foods instead (like salads, yogurts, and sandwiches)
    • -Take 10-15 minute breaks every 2 hours
    • -Use cooling fans or other personal cooling devices, such as cooling vests
    • -Use technology like HyperKewl (http://www.techniche-intl.com/technologies/hyperkewl/) in conditions with high airflow and lower humidity
    • -Use Technology like CoolPax (http://www.techniche-intl.com/technologies/coolpax/) in conditions with high humidity, low to no airflow, and under protective gear (PPE) such as welding suits.

    What Employers can do to help:

    • -Provide cold beverages (water and/or sports drinks)
    • -Provide rest breaks and water breaks in cool areas
    • -Provide heat stress training to employees and supervisors. Including information about prevention, symptoms and what to do in the event of an emergency
    • -Provide protective attire, such as cooling vests
    • -Provide technology like HyperKewl (http://www.techniche-intl.com/technologies/hyperkewl/) in conditions with high airflow and lower humidity
    • -Provide Technology like CoolPax (http://www.techniche-intl.com/technologies/coolpax/) in conditions with high humidity, low to no airflow, and under protective gear (PPE) such as welding suits.
    • -When possible, provide fans or other means to circulate airflow
    • -When possible schedule work when the temperature is cooler (i.e. Early mornings)
    • -Be sure to allow workers to take 10-15 minute breaks every two hours
    • -Acclimatization: start new workers, that are not used to working in the heat, at 50% of the normal workload and time exposed to the heat for their first day, and gradually build up to 100% by the fifth day.

    If all attempts fail at preventing Heat-related illnesses, here is a list of the most common signs and symptoms and what to do if a worker becomes a victim:

    Heat stroke- occurs when the body becomes unable to regulate its core temperature. Sweating mechanism fails and the body can no longer dispel excess heat. Heat stroke may result in permanent disability or death if not treated immediately. Heatstroke is fatal in 80% of cases.

    Common Signs and Symptoms include: Confusion, altered mental status, slurred speech, loss of consciousness, Seizures, hot dry skin.

    What to do:

    • -Call 911 for emergency care (Stay with the victim until care arrives).
    • -Move victim to a shaded or cool area
    • -Remove outer clothing or soak the clothing in cool water
    • -Place cold clothes on head, neck, armpits and groin area
    • -Circulate the air around the victim
    • -Do Not give the victim fluids
    • -If the victim is unconscious, lay them on their side and clear their airway

    Heat cramps- Painful muscle spasms that occur when the body is depleted of salt and moisture.

    Common Signs and Symptoms include: Muscle cramps, pain, or spasms. (Most commonly in the abdomen arms or legs.) These can occur during or after work.

    What to do:

    • -Stop the activity immediately
    • -Move victim to a cool place
    • -The victim should drink water and a snack (Preferably a carbohydrate-electrolyte replacement liquid) every 15 to 20 minutes.
    • -Rest several hours before returning to activity
    • -Medical attention is needed if the victim has heart problems or is on a low sodium diet, or if cramps continue after 1 hour.

    Heat Syncope/Fainting- an episode of dizziness usually occurring with a prolonged standing or sudden rising from a sitting or lying position. Most common in those that are not used to working in warm conditions.

    Common Signs and Symptoms include: Brief loss of consciousness, dizziness, light-headedness, sweaty skin with normal body temperature, and no signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion

    What to do:

    • -Sit or lie victim down in a cool place
    • -If completely conscious, the victim should slowly drink water, clear juice or an electrolyte drink (Sports drink)
    • -Medical attention may be necessary if symptoms persist after lying down

    Heat rash- occurs when the skin is irritated by excessive sweating. Most commonly occurring in hot and humid environments where sweat is unable to evaporate easily. The rash could cover a large area and could get infected, both of which will cause discomfort.

    Common Signs and Symptoms include: Irritation or itching, appears as red or pink bumps or clusters or small blisters.

    What to do:

    • -Keep the rash area clean and dry
    • -Move victim to a cooler less humid environment
    • -Unscented talcum powder may help symptoms
    • -Avoid creams and lotions, they may keep the skin warm and moist causing symptoms to worsen

    Heat exhaustion- Occurs when the body loses too much water and salt, usually due to excessive sweating and not consuming enough fluids. (Most commonly occurs in high temperatures with high humidity and strenuous activities).

    Common Signs and Symptoms include: Excessive sweat, weakness or fatigue, pale clammy skin (Sometimes flushed), headache, nausea, dizziness, irritability, thirst elevated body temperature.

    What to do:

    • -Move the victim to a cooler environment
    • -If fully conscious, have the victim drink an electrolyte solution (sports drink) and avoid caffeine
    • -Cool the victim with cool water or cold compress.
    • -Circulate air around the victim
    • -Seek medical attention if vomiting or fainting occurs, or if symptoms persist for more than 30 minutes

    References: “CDC - Heat Stress - Heat Related Illness - NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6 June 2018, www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/heatrelillness.html.

    Department of Health & Human Services. “Heat Stress and Heat-Related Illness.” Better Health Channel, Department of Health & Human Services, 26 Nov. 2015, www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/heat-stress-and-heat-related-illness.

    Flouris, Andreas D, et al. “Workers’ Health and Productivity under Occupational Heat Strain: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” The Lancet Planetary Health, Elsevier, 4 Dec. 2018, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2542519618302377.

    “Heat Stress Facts.” Princeton University, The Trustees of Princeton University, ehs.princeton.edu/workplace-construction/occupational-health/heat-cold-stress/heat-stress-facts.

    “Heat Stress.” NASD, nasdonline.org/137/d001702/heat-stress.html.

    “Understanding the Dangers of Heat Stress.” Safety+Health Magazine, Safety+Health Magazine, 25 June 2017, www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/15818-understanding-the-dangers-of-heat-stress.

    “UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.” Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/.

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  • Announcement: TechNiche is now ISO9001:2015 Certified!

    We are proud to announce our ISO9001:2015 Certification! Our production facility in China became certified in December 2018.

    What is ISO?

    ISO stands for the International Organization of Standardization. This organization is an independent organization that develops standards and currently has over 22,000 international standards and related documents published. These standards provide “requirements, specifications, guidelines, or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes, and services are fit for their purpose” in almost every industry.

    What is ISO9001?

    The ISO9001, also known as the ISO9001 Quality Management Standard, sets standards for a quality management system. These standards “provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements and that quality is consistently improved”.
    The standards are based on several quality principles, “including a strong customer focus, the motivation, and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement”. Implementation of this certification helps to improve both efficiency and customer satisfaction. Using ISO9001 helps ensure that customers will continually receive consistent, high-quality goods and services.

    For more information about ISO and the 9001 Certification, visit the organization’s website: https://www.iso.org/

    ISO9001:2015 Certificate
  • When You Are The Best, The Best Know It

    Many globally recognized brands use our patented HyperKewl™ technology in their jackets and vests for cooling solutions. Here are 6 recognized Motorcycle brands that incorporate our technology in some of their products. Motorcyclists use these vests while riding to keep themselves cool and comfortable on hot days, allowing them to ride comfortably for longer periods of time.

    Globally Recognized Motorcycle Brands

    HyperKewl™ Fabric’s “magic” happens in the process of evaporation, so the vest needs airflow to be most effective. The more airflow on the garment, the more cooling power it has. In order to get the best effect, typically motorcyclists will wear one of these vests under a ventilated protective jacket. Once they get moving, the airflow hits the vest through the vents and can cool the rider up to 25° F below the ambient temperature.

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  • THORZT’s new HyperKewl Plus Evaporative Cooling Vest

    THORZT’s new HyperKewl Plus Evaporative Cooling Vest

    THORZT’s new lightweight, evaporative cooling vest can provide temperatures that are 10-15oC cooler than the ambient temperature, protecting workers from heat stress and helping to prevent dehydration.

    The benefits of cooling vests are well known, with several studies showing their ability to help industrial athletes moderate their body temperature – improving thermal comfort, reducing sensatations of effort during work and boosting productivity.

    In a 2004 study, firefighters wearing a one kilogram ice-vest experienced these benefits and more – including reduced skin temperatures, a 13% reduction in sweat and heart rates 10 beats per minute lower than those without cooling vests. The study also concluded that the vests may help increase work efficiency by 10 per cent. Another study found that phase change cooling vests helped to reduce the rate of increasing core temperatures in miners during moderate work, resulting in lower core temperatures during work and recovery periods compared to miners who weren’t wearing the vests. Furthermore, cooling vests have been shown to help people exercise for longer than those without cooling vests due to reduced heat stress.

    HyperKewl Plus Evaporative Cooling Vest Design: Thorzt’s new cooling vest is designed to provide industrial athletes with five-to-ten hours of cooling relief for every one-to-two minute water soaking. The vest’s core is made from HyperKewl Plus Evaporative Cooling material which uses a unique polymer chemistry to rapidly absorb water and slowly release it through evaporation, while also providing stable water storage and helping to ensure the vest’s longevity. This evaporative cooling material is sandwiched between a quilted nylon outer layer and water-resistant nylon liner to keep the wearer dry. Those wearing the vest can experience skin temperatures up to 10-15oC cooler than the ambient temperature – protecting them from heat stress and reducing the amount of fluids required to keep them hydrated. However the exact temperature difference depends on humidity, airflow and other environmental conditions. Furthermore, the zipper allows workers to easily don or remove the V-neck vest while the Hi Vis yellow outer means workers can wear it over their clothes without compromising visibility.

    What is heat stress? Heat stress occurs when the body is unable to cool its core temperature to 37oC – leading to physical discomfort, impaired cognitive function, reduced productivity, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. While PPE and industrial clothing can further increase the risk of heat stress, it’s vital that workers continue to wear them to avoid more serious injuries. Fortunately, cooling vests such as Thorzt’s new HyperKewl Plus Evaporative Cooling Vest can be worn over protective clothing and can be highly effective at reducing heat stress in the workplace.

    Try our new THORZT HyperKewl Plus Evaporative Cooling Vest:

    The HyperKewl Plus Evaporative Cooling Vest has a RRP of $75 and can be purchased through the website or at any THORZT stockist. For more information, call 1800 THORZT (1800 846 798).

  • HyperKewl PLUS Highly Commended by CBRE

    HyperKewl PLUS Highly Commended by CBRE

    With innovation at the heart of everything we do, we are delighted that our Hyperkewl Plus range of cooling products has been recognised by CBRE as one of their Top Ten Great Ideas in 2018.

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    Having navigated through the ‘Dragon’s Den’ styled regional heats, our team lead by James Russell of TechNiche Europe were delighted to receive a Highly Commended Award for Hyperkewl Plus at a ceremony held at Billingsgate Market. In 2010 in the midst of the financial crisis, we created our own ‘Innovation Initiative’ to explore ways to further add value and possibly diversify through new products and processes relevant to its experience in working in the property and construction sector. Hyperkewl Plus was discovered and is now marketed across EMEA through our sister business TechNiche Europe, partnered with TechNiche LLC.

    The opportunity to develop Hyperkewl Plus into a range of PPE (personal protective equipment) products followed each aimed at reducing the risk of heat stress for construction operatives across the globe. With extreme heatwaves happening with ever increasing frequency the business today now exports worldwide and has established itself as a leading authority on the issue of heat stress and worker wellbeing. Tech Tab When applied into cooling workwear, HyperKewl Plus is activated by placing the garment in water for 2 minutes, removing the excess water and wearing. The users stay totally dry however thanks to a waterproof lining on the inside of the garment. With evaporation the garment will cool down by 15˚C and the user will see a thermal skin temperature reduction by up to 8˚C. HUD display

    Key facts about Hyperkewl Plus

    1. Super Absorbent Polymer Fibre Fabric
    2. 5/10hrs of evaporative cooling
    3. Cools down with just water and airflow
    4. Apparel cools down by 15˚C
    5. Leaves user with up to 8˚C reduction in thermal skin temperature
    6. Works in extreme temperatures up to 50˚C
    7. Can be machine washed at 60˚C fifty times
    8. Non-toxic, CE certified and lightweight

    For more information please contact Ioannis Anastasakis at ioannis@techniche-intl.com

  • Thousands of state-of-the-art cooling vests to workers building stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

    Thousands of state-of-the-art cooling vests to workers building stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

    The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has delivered thousands of state-of-the-art cooling vests to workers building stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The cooling vests, which have been designed by UK-based apparel experts TechNiche, reduce a wearer’s body temperature by up to 15°C. Testing and development over the past year have shown the vests improve a wearer’s comfort, concentration and the ability to work efficiently during hot conditions, SC said in its website yesterday.

    “The cooling vest has the potential to transform the lives of our workers. We have spent two years exploring how best to utilise various cooling products, but many are simply not suitable for Qatar’s environment. We want our workers to really benefit from the concept of this technology and, after putting the TechNiche products through rigorous testing, they delivered impressive results,” said Mahmoud Qutub, Executive Director of the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Department.

    This is not the first time the SC and TechNiche have teamed up. The two organisations are currently collaborating to develop a revolutionary ‘air-cool suit’ – something which will use the same technology as the apparel worn by Formula 1 drivers during races. The suit will be the first product of its kind to be developed specifically for construction workers.

    Qutub added: “The air-cool suit contains exciting technology that demonstrates the innovation goals at the heart of the first World Cup in the Arab world. It has the potential to leave a global legacy for workers operating in countries with similar climactic conditions to Qatar.”

    James Russell, Managing Director of Techniche UK, said: “This is a significant moment for the technology, the SC and Qatar. This specially developed product is the most advanced of its kind in the world and provides significant health and welfare benefits to wearers.”

    Russell added: “As a global business we are proud to support Qatar’s genuine desire to transform the way in which worker welfare is conducted, particularly around heat-related issues.”

    As a result of their work developing the cooling vests, Qatar Innovation Community recently invited TechNiche to become the first non-Qatari private sector company to join its community and help drive innovation solutions related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

  • QATAR INNOVATION COMMUNITY WELCOMES FIRST NON-QATARI COMPANY

    QATAR INNOVATION COMMUNITY WELCOMES FIRST NON-QATARI COMPANY

    Published on July 10, 2018

    James Russell MD at TechNiche EMEA & Director at Octink

    The Qatar Innovation Community (QIC) has invited the first non-Qatari private sector company to join its community and help drive innovation related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. TechNiche UK will become part of the QIC following their work with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) to develop groundbreaking wearable cooled technology for workers building the stadiums directly related to the 2022 FWC™. Established in March 2017 by the SC, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) and Ooredoo, the QIC brought together a broad range of national stakeholders to accelerate innovation across Qatar, benefitting the 2022 FWC™ and beyond. Through various innovation programmes, the QIC supports Qatar’s knowledge capital, addressing national priorities and enhancing the country’s image and global competitiveness. To date, QIC’s 19 stakeholders have all been Qatar-based, however, Techniche were invited to join because of their collaboration with the SC and existing knowledge of the construction industry, contributing to Qatar’s innovation ecosystem by utilising their research and development capabilities while working closely with local partners. TechNiche engaged with the SC in late 2017 to test a range of cooled wearable technology designed to keep workers comfortable during Qatar’s hotter summer months. Both pilot programmes on Lusail Stadium – which will host the opening ceremony and Final of the 2022 FWC™ – led to the development of bespoke cooling products which will be introduced across SC projects in the coming weeks. James Russell, Managing Director EMEA for TechNiche, said: “To be the first international and private sector company to join such a prestigious group of companies is a great honour for our company. We’re excited to work across the group with a number of legacy projects and innovations. “We understand the responsibility of being invited to join the QIC. The country’s commitment to deliver a successful World Cup, using research, development and innovation to leave a true legacy is something we are extremely proud of. This invitation is an historic opportunity to develop pioneering technology capable of benefitting the wider region.” A spokesperson for QIC said: “TechNiche received this invitation following their pioneering work in relation to workers’ welfare. Their commitment in this area is extremely impressive, as is their track record of using innovation to make a global impact. We welcome their expertise to the community and look forward to collaborating on future projects.” For more information about QIC visit https://www.ooredoo.qa/portal/OoredooQatar/qic For more information on TechNiche please visit https://www.techniche-europe.com/. For more information on the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy’s commitment to workers’ welfare, please visit https://www.sc.qa/en/opportunities/workers-welfare.

  • TechNiche Pakistan Field Test

    TechNiche Pakistan Field Test

    We recently launched in Pakistan and our team has begun field testing with local companies. The feedback has been positive and we are looking forward to greater acceptance in the region as the people of Pakistan become familiar with TechNiche cooling products. For further details please see the below link

    _TechNiche Pakistan Field Test_

  • TechNiche at SafeStart 2018 United Kingdom

    TechNiche at SafeStart 2018 United Kingdom

    SelectEquip will be exhibiting in Hall 1 at this years SafeStart 2018, and will be presenting TechNiche’s line of cooling products.

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