World Cup 2022 labour­ers in Qatar are to be given “cool­ing” hard hats which re­duce their body tem­per­a­ture as they build foot­ball sta­di­ums in the fierce desert heat, the Supreme Com­mit­tee for De­liv­ery & Legacy an­nounced.

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The in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy uses a so­lar-pow­ered fan to blow air over a cooled ma­te­rial at the top of the hel­met, which will then come down over the front of the per­son's face and pro­vide a cooler mi­cro-cli­mate for the worker, re­duc­ing the skin tem­per­a­ture by up to 10 º C. This could be rolled out by next sum­mer, of­fi­cials said, in time to ad­dress the sum­mer tem­per­a­ture which of­ten rises to 50 º C.

It has been rig­or­ously tested, patented world­wide, and put through the pro­duc­tion stage by sci­en­tists at Qatar Univer­sity who have de­vel­oped it in co­op­er­a­tion with the Supreme Com­mit­tee for De­liv­ery & Legacy and As­pire Zone Foun­da­tion. “We are con­fi­dent that this tech­nol­ogy will cre­ate more com­fort­able and safer work­ing con­di­tions,” said Dr Saud Ab­dulAziz Ab­dul Ghani, an engi­neer­ing pro­fes­sor at Qatar Univer­sity, where the hat was con­cep­tu­alised and de­vel­oped over two years. “Our ob­jec­tive was to re­duce heat stress and heat strokes for work­ers in Qatar and the re­gion dur­ing the sum­mer.”

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