If you live or work in the states of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas or Alabama, you’re all too familiar with the hot, humid air of the southern summer. Is your facility prepared to efficiently maintain employee productivity, safety and comfort?
It is hard to expect employees to perform at their best when they are distracted by attempting to regulate their body temperature.
The results of several, relatively consistent studies show an average relationship of a 2% decrease in work performance per degree Fahrenheit when the temperature is above 77 degrees Fahrenheit. For example, if a single employee generates an average of $50,000 in yearly revenue, a drop of even just 5% in productivity amounts to a loss of $2,500 -- and that’s only an individual employee.
How is the working environment within your industrial facility affecting the bottom line?
Not only does employee productivity decrease when the heat rises, serious safety concerns also rise.
Welders work within two feet of the welding arc, which can reach over 3,593 degrees Celsius. While intense heat can certainly be irritating for the welder, the impact is more than an issue of comfort. A goal should be to provide a comfortable environment without disturbing the welding process.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970’s General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that "is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees."
Heat-related illnesses are completely preventable and workers should not be focused on being uncomfortable or regulating their body temperature, especially in industrial or high-stress environments where safety is a top concern. Adopting technologies as part of a reliable heat management plan may help control time and resources spent dealing with legal liabilities associated with heat related injuries.
A solution to this decrease in productivity does not have to mean an expensive HVAC system overhaul. Quality air movement creates a cooling sensation as the breeze passes over the skin, making an employee feel up to 10 degrees cooler. One of the newest innovations in the fan industry can provide significant amounts of this type of air movement, at very low operating costs. MacroAir high volume, low speed (HVLS) fans could help you save on energy costs, while helping your employees beat the heat, while staying safe and motivated during the summer months.
Because long, aerodynamically designed blades of HLVS fans move a massive amount of air at a slow, comfortable speed, air conditioning units can be set higher. This combination of well-functioning HVAC systems and the implementation of HLVS fans reduces system run time, resulting in savings of 20% or more.
MacroAir fans destratify the workspace and move cooled air where it is needed the most – where the employees are working. When employees feel cooler and more comfortable, they will perform better and reduce the risk of heat-related safety concerns. Employers not only save money on cooling a building, they are able to maintain productivity levels and content workers.
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Allow Bedson REPS to assess your facility and its risk(s) in order to identify any hazards in your business. Then, we will be able to provide you with the steps to take to control those risks and keep your team safe.