OHSA releases smartphone app to gauge worker heat risk

07/05/2012 02:46:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

shade for workersVicky 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.

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