The Effects of Overheated Buildings on Employees
Temperature is an important factor to consider in any work place, not only to comply with safety regulations, but also because of the impact it can have on a worker's performance. A change towards a low temperature, for instance, can be uncomfortable and lead to dissatisfaction and complaints, while excess heat during the summer can cause drowsiness and lack of concentration. Excessive heat can also lead to heat stress and other health problems.
Uncomfortable working temperatures are often the result of building design flaws. For older buildings, the windows are generally bulkier and have insufficient blind coverage while newer buildings are designed with more windows for a modern look, consequently creating a greenhouse effect. Although keeping heat in is ideal during winter for employees, when summer approaches, this can lead to a very different situation.
According to the Trades Union Congress (TUC) if people get too hot, they risk dizziness, fainting, or even heat cramps. In very hot conditions the body blood temperature rises- if the blood temperature rises above 39C, there is a risk of heat stroke or collapse. Therefore, it is usually accepted that people work best at a temperature between 16C and 24C.
In order to avoid overheated buildings and their adverse impact on employees, businesses can undertake various methods to control the interior temperature. Air conditioning can help to regulate temperature although this is not very environmentally friendly and can be costly. At Phantom Screens, we've found that many business owners prefer to regulate temperature through more natural ventilation methods.
We have worked with a number of businesses to install screening solutions which allow fresh air to circulate when the windows are open and offer solar shading to reduce heat build-up by blocking UV rays. These measures can help to keep workers cool when the temperature gets high.
Our Executive power screens are particularly useful for office buildings as they can be fitted either internally or externally to minimise heat gain, block UV rays and allow fresh air to enter when the windows are open. The screens can be linked to building management systems or fitted with sun and wind sensors, so that they automatically deploy or retract to regulate the temperature according to outdoor conditions.
To find out how Phantom Screens could protect your workers and benefit your business, please visit our how and where to buy section to find your nearest distributor or contact us directly.