Our first blog of the summer identifies the dangers of heat stress and suggest ways to stay cool and fresh over the summer. We will also be looking at cooling and air con equipment Speedy can provide to help keep workers cool.

It’s important to be aware of the dangers of heat stress in the construction industry. 
Whether you are working on or off site, working in heat can be dangerous and it’s important to take the correct precautions in order to combat heat stress.

Heat Stress – Why it’s important

Heat Stress occurs when the body’s means of controlling its internal temperature starts to fail.
There are a number of typical effects of heat stress many of which affect workers directly. Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses and injuries. Heat can also increase the risk of injuries as a result of sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses and dizziness.

Workers wearing protective clothing and performing heavy work in hot and humid conditions could be at particular risk of heat stress.

Below are some of the symptoms caused by heat stress and some first aid suggestions:

Heat Stroke - Symptoms/First Aid

 High body temperature  Move the worker to a cool, shaded area
 Confusion and loss of  concentration  Request immediate medical assistance
 Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating  Remove excess clothing and apply water to their  body

Heat Exhaustion - Symptoms/First Aid

 Rapid Heartbeat, heavy  sweating  Rest in a cool area
 Extreme weakness or  fatigue  Drink plenty of water
 Dizziness/nausea  Take regular breaks, take a cool shower once working  day is completed

Heat Cramps - Symptoms/First Aid

 Muscle cramps  Stop all activity and sit in a cool place
Pains or spasms  Stop strenuous work for a few hours after  cramps subside
Pain in the abdomen arms or legs  Do not return to strenuous work for a few  hours after the cramps subside

Cooling and Air Conditioning

A good solution to working in hot weather is to use cooling and air conditioning equipment whether you are working in an office environment or out on site.

If you are looking for cooler fans, fume extractors, or air conditioning units Speedy has the solution. All of our products are well-maintained, fully serviced and ready for use. We also deliver the equipment supported by trained technicians to ensure that your cooling equipment is working safely.

Air Conditioner- Small

Smart and powerful air conditioner with a cooling capacity of 10,000 BTU.
Ideal for indoor applications and offers a reliable solution to internal cooling.

Air Con Unit - Heavy Duty

Powerful air conditioner with a cooling capacity of 21,000BTU.
Durable and highly versatile air conditioner ideal for studio, factory and industrial applications as well as ensuring heat sensitive equipment remains cool
Comes with 3m of cable for added versatility, the air conditioner is fully portable and manoeuvrable.

Warehouse Fan

Largest free standing industrial fan on the market.
Also doubles as an extractor fan ideal in factories, bakeries, mills and foundries.
Provides an impressive 20,000 CFM and is available as 110V or 240V.

We have a range of cooling equipment on offers throughout the summer, all ideal for keeping you cool and fresh.

If you are unsure of the best solution for your workplace please call 0800 009 6203 or fill out an enquiry form and we will be happy to help advise.

On top of our wide range of cooling equipment, Speedy also work closely with our Partnered Services teams to provide higher capacity and industrial sized equipment outside of our core range that can meet the customers’ needs, quickly and efficiently at competitive rates.

Speedy Cooling calculator

If you’re unsure of what type of air conditioning unit you require, just fill in some information in our cooling calculator and we can recommend the type of unit you need. The cooling calculator measures the approximate heat load of a room and gives you a quick and simple indication of the heat and the type of air con unit you will need.

Alternatively find your nearest depot here and call 0800 009 6203 to speak with one of our team.

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