Vicky BoydMany states require shade be provided for outdoor workers to minimize heat-related illness.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a smartphone app designed to help workers and supervisors calculate the heat index for their worksite.
Based on the index, the app displays a risk level for outdoor workers, according to the OSHA website.
For example, a thermometer reading of 89 degrees Fahrenheit with 80 percent humidity results in a heat index of 109.7 F, which carries a high risk level.
With a click of a button, users can then view precautions to take, such as drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, adjusting work operations monitoring each other for signs of heat-related illness.
The app is available for both Androids and iPhones at www.osha.gov.