OSHA has released a new App available for Android and iPhone that allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite. The heat index is what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature. Based on the Heat Safety Tool’s calculated heat index, it then displays a risk level for outdoor workers and provides reminders about protective measures that should be taken to protect workers from heat-related illnesses.
Protective measures include:
- Drinking plenty of water
- Adjusting work operations based on the weather conditions
- Training workers to recognize the signs of heat-related illnesses
- What to do in case of an emergency
- Scheduling rest breaks
- Seeking shade when available
According to OSHA “Working in full sunlight can increase the heat index values by 15 degrees Fahrenheit” So it’s extremely important to stay informed, stay hydrated, and stay safe while working under these conditions.
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OSHA’s Heat Safety Tool & more information can be found here: