UV Protective Fabric Buildings Protect Employees and Equipment from the Sun

UV Protective Fabric BuildingsThe UV protective fabric buildings made by Big Top are shaping the way businesses operate outdoors. Here are some reasons why:

Ultraviolet (UV) light is a form of high-energy electromagnetic radiation, most famous for causing suntan and freckling. Prolonged overexposure to UV light can have more devastating effects, such as sunburn and higher risk of skin cancer. Human skin isn’t the only thing affected by UV light, either. Polymers such as plastics and rubbers are particularly susceptible, as prolonged exposure can begin a process known as UV degradation, leading to loss in elasticity and cracking. Of course, plastics and rubbers exist in almost everything we use on a daily basis, and so UV degradation is a pervasive problem that can have financial consequences.

At Big Top, we take seriously those unwanted effects when we manufacture our fabric buildings. Having built these structures for organizations in various industries since 1979, we understand the underestimated, invisible challenges like UV light. In fact, we’re raising the bar for the manufacturing of fabric buildings, having added UV protection to our buildings’ list of standard features. Our fabric passes the AATCC 183-2014 UV-penetration test with flying colors, blocking out 99.95 percent of UV-A and UV-B light. This translates into an actual UPF rating of 2,000 and a conventional rating of 50+.

What does this mean for your business? Well, thanks to their UV-blocking capability, our structures can provide a safe place for your employees to carry out their daily tasks, drastically reducing the risk of sun cancer. These buildings are also a safe place to store equipment, as they will halt the UV degradation process. Of course, the obvious benefit here is that our structures provide shade, which can create a safe and comfortable working environment and boost productivity across the board.

Fabric Buildings Provide Safe and Comfortable Working Environments

When it comes to health and productivity, having a comfortable working environment is equally as important as blocking out UV rays. A famous study conducted by Macworth, N.H., measured the performance of workers subjected to varying degrees of temperature. The study recorded that at 80 degrees, the workers made on average five mistakes per hour and 19 mistakes after three hours. When the temperature was raised to 95 degrees, the amount of mistakes went up twelvefold, amounting to 60 mistakes per hour and 138 after three hours. Factoring in the paid time it takes to fix all of these mistakes, high-temperature environments aren’t just uncomfortable, they are incredibly costly for any business.

Even more than being uncomfortable and costly, high-temperature environments are incredibly dangerous and can have serious health-related consequences. Laboring in high temperatures can easily lead to heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and, in extreme situations death. And, considering humidity, dangerous temperatures could be lower than what we might expect. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and OSHA show us apparent temperatures at 50 percent relative humidity:

  • 80 degrees feels like 81
  • 85 degrees feels like 88
  • 90 degrees feels like 96
  • 95 degrees feels like 107
  • 100 degrees feels like 120
  • 105 degrees feels like 135
  • 110 degrees feels like 150

As we can see, the apparent temperatures rise much faster than the actual temperatures, and this becomes more real as relative humidity rises. A comfortable working environment is essential for any business that wants to take care of its employees and protect its bottom line.

Fortunately, Big Top’s fabric structures provide comfortable and safe atmospheres. The ambient temperature within one of our structures can be 15 degrees (or more) cooler than the temperature outside, which can be the difference between a dangerous and a safe working environment, or a productive day and a non-productive day.

Big Top’s UV protective fabric structures can keep your employees safe from the sun and help your business maintain a healthy bottom line. Contact us today to learn more.