When its Hot- Play it Cool - Cool Suits in Industry

first cool suit

Workers exposed to an excessive amount of heat stress are at risk for heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. The extent of heat stress exposure depends on the environment, work demands, and clothing. Heat stress may also impair cognitive function, leading to poor decision-making and careless work practices. Providing cooling during continuous work relies on portable systems to create a microclimate inside a protective garment so that a thermal balance can be achieved.

That's where FAST comes in. FAST's products of personal cooling systems reduce heat storage, increase comfort, and lower the physiological strain of working in protective clothing in extreme heat conditions.

(Pictured: The first F.A.S.T. Cool Suit)

History

Some of the earliest work was reported in the late 1950's and early 1960's, on garments used for maintaining thermoneutrality in pilots who endured high temperatures due to the sunlit aircraft cockpit. This work was performed at the Royal Aircraft Establishment. Further research was carried out by NASA for the American space programmes.

A cooling suit is a piece of equipment designed to cool a person down. Cool suits are used by doctors, athletes, industrial workers, working dogs, individuals with Multiple Sclerosis or hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, race care drivers, and military personnel.

Active cooling vests and systems require some form of power, electricity or battery, to operate. This type of cooling technology provides continuous cooling to lower the body’s core temperature by circulating cold water via a cooler through a tube to the vest.

early cool suits from nasa

Surgeons

doctors using cool suits

Staying cool in the OR is an important consideration for surgeons, especially when performing pediatric surgeries, burn or trauma cases. A cool suit will keep you cool and focused – even when the OR has been warmed to AORN (recommended OR temperature 68-73 Fahrenheit) and Joint Commission Standards. When performing surgical procedures where the surgeon is exerting a great deal of physical effort, body temperatures can easily rise while covered with sterile gowns and lead aprons, not to mention the heat emitted from the OR lights.

Motion Pictures & Music Videos

FAST loves Hollywood and we are honored to say we have had our products in movies and onstage. From Talledega Nights race cars using our air systems to the onstage presence of a cool bands wearing FAST cool suits while they preform.

Factories & Construction

welder using cool suit

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970, employers are required by law to provide workplaces free from recognized hazards. The law does not distinguish between indoor and outdoor work. This includes protection from heat stress and heat related injuries. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) and OSHA have several helpful links to reference regarding workers protection.

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related disorder. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body's temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. When heat stroke occurs, the body temperature can rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given.

Heat stroke danger signals are:

  • Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
  • Perspiring has stopped
  • Hallucinations
  • Chills
  • Throbbing headache
  • High body temperature
  • Confusion/dizziness
  • Slurred speech

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