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Cold Environments: Risks and Constraints!

10/09/2018
Cold Environments: Risks and Constraints!

Working in cold environments – Protecting hands against extreme temperatures

 

Having fully understood the risks and constraints of working in negative (-0°) and positive (+0°) cold temperatures, the introduction of the TEMRES 282 and NITRILE FOAM 477 gloves were driven by more ergonomic and physiological considerations.

 

This is the principle by which SHOWA strives for success in its Research & Development, which consists in approaching sectors of activity and working environments by business area. For each one, it manufactures gloves incorporating the latest technologies in order to ensure the best possible protection for workers.

The following considerations and constraints were taken into account:

  • Preserving body heat in the cold
  • Maintaining a certain temperature on the back of the hand and also using a flexible polymer to compensate for the reduction in quality of muscular contraction of the hands in cold environments
  • Waterproofing to compensate for the aggravating factors of water and dampness
  • Anticipation of aggravating wind chill levels, as the wind, due to its speed, increases the body’s exposure to temperatures that are even lower than the ambient temperature
  • The risk of frostbite
  • The inconvenience, discomfort and consequences of evaporation of the perspiration of the hands
  • Chemical risks for the 477 model

Protection against these factors has been welcomed by people working at cold chain companies (refrigerated transport and logistics, large food chains, corporate catering), as well as by people working in construction, household refuse collection and at waste sorting centres.

 

Of course, these gloves are useful for anyone whose work involves spending time outdoors in occasional wintry conditions! 

 

Hands are mankind’s most important tools, enabling us to work, adapt and be versatile. Skin is the human body’s largest organ, plays a role in regulating our body temperature, and is the greatest sensory.

 

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