Emerson helps UAE workers beat the heat

b1588e91ca4678b3 orgWorkers use and display Emerson's new neck freezer pack. (Image source: Emerson) Innovative neck cooler provides outdoor workers with relief from extreme summer temperatures

Middle East and Africa has collaborated with Majid Al Futtaim Properties and Jebel Ali Free Zone “JAFZA”, to provide more than 1,100 labourers and security staff at World Security in Jabel Ali and Al Zahia, Sharjah’s first integrated, master planned community, with freezer-pack neck coolers to help with the UAE’s extreme summer heat. 

According to experts at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the World Meteorological Organization, July 2016 was the world’s hottest month on record. Summer in the UAE is one of the most challenging times of the year for those working outdoors, even with the addition of a mandatory break from 12:30pm to 3:00pm for construction workers. Labourers often encounter temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius.

The locally manufactured neck cooler has been custom-made to ensure workers are not only kept cool, but experience little or no obstruction in performing their day-to-day tasks. Once removed from the freezer and wrapped around the neck, the slim-line accessory helps cool the body and reduce its core temperature. Each cold gel pack lasts for approximately one hour under extreme temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius. The high-tech towel around the gel pack is not only soothing, but also absorbs sweat and releases supplementary cooling sensations, which makes workers feel cooler for longer. 

“Emerson continually strives to make a positive impact on the communities in which they serve,” explained Dalia Kaki, Marketing Manager, Emerson Middle East & Africa. “This initiative is a small gesture to help ease conditions for the local workforce and also aligns well with our overall company mission to enhance human comfort.” 

Emerson confirmed that they intend to engage with other construction sites and business parks across the city to help make a difference to those working outside. 

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