IceAge Insights: Industrial — PPE RSS



Staying Cool on the Ramp: Airline Ramp Work at a Glance

Today we are going to look closely at a day in the life of an Airline Ramp Agent. Ramp work is, for lack of better terms, brutal - early morning shifts start with sub-zero external temperatures in the winter and summer afternoon shifts on the hot tarmac rise well into the triple digits (one airline mechanic said they measured the tarmac to be 160+ degrees F mid-summer in Las Vegas). This job requires incredible amounts of strength - lifting bags, cleaning planes, dealing with delicate cargo - all while sticking to strict schedules and safety guidelines. Breaks often don’t happen because of the daily rush. Lunch is a maybe. A good schedule depends on seniority. Employee turnover is high. I...

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Summer Cooling Vests for 2019

Most outdoor jobs can't be put on hold when the weather turns hot - from outdoor drive-thru employees to airline ramp workers, battling the summer elements is embedded in the job description. Employers have to get creative, finding innovative methods to keep employees cool in the intense heat and summer sun. The implications on safety and health are too severe and costly otherwise - heat stroke, fatigue, and dehydration are serious concerns that limit your manpower and in extreme cases, land people in the hospital! Interestingly enough, Phase Change Material (PCM) Cooling Vests offer an interesting solution.  Let's brush up on some simple science before comparing the features of PCM Vests on the market.      Phase What?  Temperature Who? A phase change is when a...

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