06 May 2019
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.
What Employers can do to help:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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“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.
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27 February 2019
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/
13 February 2019
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.
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.
02 November 2018
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).
17 October 2018
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.
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. 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.
Key facts about Hyperkewl Plus
For more information please contact Ioannis Anastasakis at email@example.com
31 August 2018
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.
13 July 2018
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.
09 April 2018
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
25 January 2018
SelectEquip will be exhibiting in Hall 1 at this years SafeStart 2018, and will be presenting TechNiche’s line of cooling products.
05 January 2018
The below is the full article written by the Supreme Council in Qatar regarding tests run at the Lusail World Cup 2022 stadium construction sites using TechNiche’s evaporative cooling products Powered By HyperKewl! You can see the full article at World Cup 2022 Powered by TechNiche By SC Staff
Innovative cooling technology has been hailed a success by workers constructing the stadium which will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ final.
Evaporative cooling vests, wrist-wraps, cooled towels and neck covers were recently tested by 150 workers at the Lusail Stadium project site. Made from state-of-the-art evaporative and phase change materials, the technology cooled the body temperatures of workers by up to 10°C.
Every worker who took part in the recent pilot described the technology as beneficial, while more than three-quarters said the cooling effect was ‘very good’.
Leveraging the influence of the Qatar Innovation Community – a group of key stakeholders accelerating innovation and socioeconomic development in Qatar – the SC identified Techniche as a suitable partner to conduct a pilot offering immediate solutions for workers. The pilot was conducted by US-based Techniche, in collaboration with the SC, and HBK Contracting, Lusail Stadium’s main contractor.
Following the success of the pilot, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) will now assess the results of the report before exploring ways to utilise the technology which will benefit workers in the short, medium and long-term.
Temperatures on-site reached 40°C during the pilot. Workers tested the technology for a full day, during which they were regularly monitored. Thermal images were taken throughout the test to measure the body temperature of the workers and measure the effectiveness of the technology.
HBK Contracting’s Rashid Marera, who currently works as a flag man on the project, gave positive feedback about the technology.
Marera, a 23-year-old from Kenya, said: “The vests are very good. The jacket cools the body – there’s not much sweating when we wear these. I think we would like to have these all the time – especially during summer.
Kalyan Viswanathan, HBK Contracting’s Workers’ Welfare Manager, said the workers welcomed the trial.
“The initial response was positive – the workers like the comfort,” said Viswanathan. “It enables them to work better and increases productivity.
Techniche’s products are used in various industries, including sport, military, medicine and construction. The company is now hoping to roll out its products on a wider basis in Qatar and support the country’s commitment to workers’ welfare.
James Russell, Managing Director of Techniche, said: “This was a really important day for us. It gave us a foundation to test our technologies and let us understand how we can fight heat stress in these conditions.”
Russell went on to explain how the technology keeps a worker cool.
He continued: “The vests are made from an evaporative fabric called HyperKewl, which is a super-absorbent polymer fibre which you place directly into water to activate. It reduces a worker’s body temperature and lasts for around ten hours.
“This technology is at the forefront of the industry. Going forward, there will be research and development into how we take this technology forward, to enable the SC and Qatar to become leaders in heat stress management and workers’ welfare.”
Mahmoud Qutub, Senior Advisor Special Projects Office and Executive Director of Workers’ Welfare, said: “The benefit of this pilot has been very clear to see. The metrics captured by Techniche demonstrated in real time the positive impact on both the mental and physical state of workers.
“Our aim is to find solutions right now using existing technology, however there is an opportunity to develop a product that leaves a legacy for workers not only in Qatar but in any country with a similar climate. That is something we are already exploring.”
The Techniche pilot is one of many uses of cooling products by the SC in 2017. Earlier this year the WWD deployed 10,000 cooled towels across all projects in parallel with a separate cooled vest trial on Al Wakrah Stadium.
In addition, the SC also developed an innovative cooled helmet capable of reducing temperatures by up to 10°C. Following an extensive research and development phase, these helmets are expected to be rolled out next summer.
The use of cooled products on SC sites complements a host of initiatives that have been introduced across SC projects designed to enhance the living and working conditions of workers, including a health and nutrition programme with Weill-Cornell Medicine-Qatar, an extensive training and up-skilling programme with Qatar International Safety Centre, a dedicated grievance hotline, and a wide-spread programme of health checks and assessment of emergency medical facilities across all sites.