We all know that excessive heat can make those with physical jobs uncomfortable throughout the work day. What you may not consider is how such heat affects the health of these workers and negatively impacts their job performance.
According to Safety and Health Magazine, 65% of our body heat radiates out of our skin and another 25% is released through sweat glands. When external sources, such as protective gear or extreme working conditions are thrown into equation, these individuals can experience heat stress. Even exposure to temperatures above 90° F alone could be enough to affect laborers physically and mentally.
When under heat stress, workers are known to make up to 60 mistakes within an hour. Most of the time, employees don’t even realize they’ve made these mistakes. In these conditions, the heart is pumping at 150 beats per minute with less volume to transport blood to other organs. This means that the brain and muscles are operating with less blood than usual, and cognitive thinking skills are affected. Also fatigue, angry emotions and combative behavior can be provoked.
What Does Excessive Heat Mean for Employers?
Obviously, all of these factors would negatively impact work performance and possibly even job satisfaction for workers in settings, such as warehouses or remodeling sites. Comfortable working conditions should now be considered a necessity rather than a luxury, at least for employers who plan to keep a team of workers on for some time. However, creating these conditions isn’t nearly as expensive as you’d think.
Renting a spot cooler from Priority Rental is the perfect solution. These portable units are temporary and powerful. They’re also easy to transport and install. Spot coolers are the smart solution for industrial workers in the warmer months, and inexpensive when compared with the cost of substandard performance or loss of employees.
For more information about renting our spot coolers, check out this blog post detailing what you need to know.