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Cooling Construction Vests

Construction Workers Can Fight Extreme Heat with These A/C Vests

— July 18, 2016 — Social Good
Summers in the United Arab Emirates are extremely hot, but construction workers must continue working through the heat if they hope to make adequate wages, which is why Emirates NBD has introduced A/C vests. The vests use simple, low-cost technology to significantly reduce body heat for workers who must wear long, heavy clothing to comply with safety specifications.

A/C vests are especially pressing during Ramadan. In Islam, Ramadan, which occurs in the early summertime, is spent fasting and abstaining from drinking water during the day. This abstention from fluids increases the risk of heat stroke, especially in the Middle Eastern heat. Functioning with cool water, the A/C vests work to effectively replace some of that lost liquid, ultimately causing workers' body temperatures to drop by as much as seven degrees Celsius.

Keeping construction workers cool reduces risk and helps them to continue working and earning for their families.
Trend Themes
1. Low-cost Cooling Technologies - Opportunity for companies to introduce more affordable and accessible A/C vests and other cooling technologies for workers in hot climates
2. Sustainable Construction Clothing - Opportunity for companies to develop sustainable and breathable construction clothing that is also compliant with safety specifications
3. Heat Stress Management - Opportunity for companies to develop heat stress management strategies and tools to improve workers' safety and productivity in hot climates
Industry Implications
1. Construction Industry - There is a need for more companies to develop cooling technologies and sustainable construction clothing to improve the safety and productivity of workers in hot climates
2. Textile Industry - Opportunity for textile companies to develop materials that are breathable, durable, and can withstand harsh working conditions for use in sustainable construction clothing
3. Health and Safety Industry - Opportunity for companies in the health and safety industry to develop heat stress management strategies and tools to address the unique needs of workers in hot climates
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