EGA expands use of wearable tech 18 August 2023

Emirates Global Aluminium Kenzen

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has expanded the use of Kenzen, a wearable technology platform, to 350 employees to address heat-related illness in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Heat-related illness is a hazard for anyone working outside in the UAE summer and can be fatal if left untreated. It is, however, preventable.

Kenzen’s wearable technology continuously reports core body temperature, heart rate, activity and other body indicators in real-time allowing both the wearer and EGA’s safety team to detect heat strain in the body before the early signs can be felt. EGA used wearable devices for the first time in a trial of 50 volunteers last summer.

Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, chief executive officer at EGA, said: “Heat-related illness is a serious threat to health and even life in our region, and increasingly around the world. Our work has shown that heat-related illness is entirely preventable, even in challenging industrial environments like ours. Wearable technology offers the potential to protect people even more, and I am looking forward to the results of the wider trial we are conducting this summer.”

EGA is using the technology as part of its ‘Beat the Heat’ programme, a summer-long effort across the company’s operations. Employees are trained to detect the early signs of heat stress in themselves and others. EGA conducts hydration tests before and during shifts, and employees are encouraged to take regular breaks and cooling showers. Cooling booths, drinking stations, icemakers, and portable air conditioning units in EGA production areas help keep people cool.

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