Smart solutions for personal protection to sustain work capacity and safety while working in Arctic winter conditions

Theme 5. Other
Session Name 5.9 Work in the Arctic
Datetime Sep 06, 2018 02:15 PM - 02:30 PM (UTC +3)
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Kirsi Jussila (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland), Sirkka Rissanen (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland)
Abstract text

Activities have increased in the Arctic e.g. through oil and gas industry, mining, fishing, tourism and transport activities. In the cold, work capacity and productivity decrease and the risk of errors and accidents increase. Peripheral body parts, such as hands, are the first to cool resulting in reduced manual and psychomotor performance. Technology can be integrated into textiles and clothing to enable simultaneous and real-time monitoring of multiple factors, functional smart adjustments, and the development of service concepts. Aim of the study was to identify different end user needs and the latest technological potential and to develop new product and service concepts. It was also aimed to monitor and protect workers individually against cooling and thus equalize the working possibilities for persons with sensitivity to cold. Needs and requirements for smart solutions were determined in several common workshops with representatives of end users, manufacturers and researchers. Proto-types for smart clothing solutions were produced and their effectiveness and functionality were tested in the controlled climatic conditions. Thermal condition of the test subjects were studied by measuring skin temperatures and asking thermal sensations.The study resulted in that smart heating solutions, e.g. for fingers, are recommended for workers suffering the fast cooling fingers. The concept of the smart clothing consists of real-time monitoring and information transfer to co-worker and/or to management. Prevention of the cooling can extent the safe working period in the cold with acceptable thermal responses of the body, and thus, improve work capacity and safety at work

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