While working in the heat, it is important to always have all your safety bases covered! In 2009, 30 workers died from heat stroke, and thousands more become ill from heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses every year (Lawder). The Department of Labor’s OSHA Admin has created an app that can be used anytime at any job site to help supervisors monitor their heat index.This handy app can be used in English and Spanish and is currently available FREE for the Android market. Apps for Blackberry and iPhone will be released soon. You can get it by clicking here!
Some of the HOT details include:
- Calculating the heat index
- Displays a risk level for outdoor workers
- Reminders about protective measures
- drinking enough liquids
- having a emergency action plan
- keeping work load appropriate for certain levels of experienced workers
- having timely rest breaks
- training on heat illness and what to look for in a co-worker
Remember that managing heat-related illnesses should be taken seriously. It may seem less trivial then other hazards since we deal with it every year along with the rest of the world, but taking small steps to make your workplace more safe can really make a difference… plus who doesn’t want a FREE app designed to make your life a little easier!
Lawder, Jesse. “US Department of Labor’s OSHA releases mobile app to help protect workers from heat-related illnesses. OSHA. 11 Aug 2011. http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/ owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=20478