While the subject is asked to complete a series of tasks inside a climate chamber at SINTEF, the researchers have their eyes and sensors fixed with radar precision on what’s going on. The experiment is part of the work looking into the health and the physical challenges faced by miners working in the Arctic. Researchers know from previous studies that cold conditions tire us out more quickly, which increases the risk of accident and injury. Now they aim to find our limits, and what to do to prevent the cold and associated stresses from increasing these risks.
Assessing Arctic working conditions
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Smart protective solutions for industrial safety and productivity in the cold
Working in cold climates involves various effects on work, health and performance. The degree of cold exposure is essential for the severity and risks associated with the exposure. Cold environment disturbs not only the machinery of industrial processes and vehicles, but is also very crucial factor to reduce worker's comfort, performance and safety.
The Norwegian ferroalloy industry (with a significant international ownership) cooperates in the field of environmental challenges, and is internationally renowned for sustainable production. The innovation is therefore on a national and international level.
The innovation project Arctic Protection run from Q1 2014 to Q1 2017, and is now finalised. A multilayer workwear system was developed, which includes a range of garments designed to enable the workers to operate both efficiently and thermally comfortable in temperatures ranging from 0 °C to -30 °C (WCT), and which can be adjusted according to different work intensities, ambient conditions and individual preferences. Wenaas Workwear is bringing the new workwear to market during spring 2017.
LORCENIS-NOR - Utilize improved concrete with extended lifetime for energy infrastructures and structures in extreme Nordic operating conditions
The goal of the LORCENIS-NOR project is to communicate recent achievements on enhanced concrete with an extended service life to Norwegian stakeholders in the market. Through advanced concrete technology, we have developed advanced functional additives, that provide future concrete structures with increased durability in demanding environments.
ACCESS – Arctic Climate Change, Economy and Society
ACCESS will evaluate climatic impacts in the Arctic on marine transportation (including tourism), fisheries, marine mammals and the extraction of hydrocarbons for the next 20 years; with particular attention to environmental sensitivities and sustainability. These meso-economic issues will be extended to the macro-economic scale in order to highlight trans-sectoral implications and provide an integrated assessment of the socio-economic impact of climate change.
Working environment and health in the Norwegian fishing fleet - challenges and health promoting factors
Unfavorable exposures for workers in the fishing fleet, such as a cold, noise, heavy lifting, inconvenient working hours, long work days and excessive strain are factors that may negatively affect health and work participation. Combinations of these exposures are often found on board fishing vessels. Moreover, workers on fishing vessels deal with constant and often unpredictable vessel movements, vibration and exposure to airborne particles of biologic origin (bioaerosols). There is a lack of knowledge about the interaction between work, working environment and working health in the fishing fleet.