Heat stress management programme has resulted in a 50 percent reduction in heat illness frequency and there has been no serious illnesses or injuries reported from 2013-2014, according to JGC Corporation.
In a presentation on innovative risk management at 8th International Petroleum Technical Conference (IPTC), held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, JGC focused on implementing heat stress management programmes, including fluid replacement, mandatory refresher training for all workers and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The conference is a platform for international standards related to exploration, development, production, transportation and processing of oil and natural gas.
Heat stress remains one of the top health concerns in the Middle East, especially in Qatar, where temperatures soar in summer. Heat-related illness can severely impact worker welfare, especially those exposed to outdoor working environments.
JGC also stressed on acclimatisation for onsite workers, food and drinks supplements, heat stress monitors and weekly management review meetings.
As part of PPE, TechNiche supplied JGC with HyperKewl evaporative cooling crown and neck shades, evaporative wrist bands, evaporative sports jackets as well as phase change cooling vests for the construction workers.
TechNiche’s products keep the workers comfortable in high temperatures, increase productivity and reduce the risk of heat stroke, injury or fatality.
TechNiche Middle East’s General Manager Paul Gilligan said:”The core of our company is worker welfare and safety on job sites. We hope more companies in Qatar and the GCC follow in JGC’s footsteps and address heat stress in their day-to-day operations.”