Heat stress is bad for the health of you, your employees and their performance, and it can also have indirect consequences for the image of your organization. So how can you prevent the heat from being overpowering?
The ideal situation
The optimal situation in the Netherlands to live in is between 16ºC and 17ºC. When this situation can be realized, people (on average) are least affected by both the cold and the heat. When the temperature is above, it is desirable to lower it for the benefit of human performance and health.
You can of course choose to slow down or even temporarily stop working on hot days. These are responsible choices that you can make as an employer, nevertheless there are also opportunities to do business responsibly and to maintain the output of your organization.
Ensuring that employees drink enough water and work in the sun as little as possible solves a large part of the problem. Nevertheless, the situation can still be improved. When using a cooling vest during work, heat stress can be reduced and sometimes even prevented (depending on the temperature).
By using a cooling vest , the upper body is cooled during work. This is possible because the vest retains (cold) water with which the skin is cooled. In addition, a cooling vest allows wind to pass through, but it also protects against the sun.
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