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7 easy tips to stay cool in manufacturing facilities
Energy costs can be a significant expense for manufacturers of all shapes and sizes, especially during hot summer months. Save money and energy this summer while keeping your employees comfortable and healthy.
- Stay hydrated. In manufacturing settings workers should regularly drink water before, during and after work to avoid becoming dehydrated.
- Know the signs of heatstroke. In hot temperatures, your body perspires to help you keep cool. When someone is over exposed to the heat this can change into heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. Identify the symptoms early to minimize the risk.
Some signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke are rapid pulse and breathing, headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and confusion. For more information, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.
- Dress for success. Wear loose fitting clothing in light colors and light fabrics that are breathable to help maintain the proper body temperature. Also try putting a damp towel around your neck.
- Use fans to cool down. Manufacturing work spaces with limited air conditioning could benefit from industrial fans. It’s a relatively low-cost solution to keep you and your workers more comfortable during the warmer months.
- Start early. Temperatures are lower earlier in the day, so see if your schedule could be adjusted to start work when it’s cooler.
- Prevent leaks. Use strip doors and partitions to segment plant areas to keep the hot air out and the cool air in. Regularly check and repair gaps in door seals, as well as keep the doors closed.
- Power down. Turn off equipment, if safety permits, that is not being used. This will reduce heat generation, energy consumption, and expenses on machinery such as office equipment, motors, air compressors, and lighting.
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