Keeping workers safe in the heat is very important so that heat stress and heat stroke don’t occur. There are many ways to keep workers protected, including the use of OSHA’s heat tool. The Heat Safety Tool is part of a campaign by OSHA to prevent heat related illness by giving people the information they need to recognize when danger is present. It can also help them know what they should do if they are experiencing signs of a heat illness or if they see those signs in another person. That way they can move quickly to get help, instead of being unsure whether there’s something they can or should be doing.
There’s an App For That
Getting the most important information on your mobile phone is a great way to have what you need at your fingertips. It can help ensure that you’re provided with the latest information on the heat index, along with giving you a risk level. It’s available for iPhone and Android, and you can calculate the heat index right at your worksite. You can also get reminders that tell you about protective measures and what you should watch out for. Drinking more water, taking frequent breaks in the shade or a cool environment, watching out for dizziness and nausea, and other important tips are all part of what the Heat Safety Tool App provides to anyone who downloads it.
Sunlight Vs. Shade Really Matters
Exactly where you’re working matters as working in full sun can mean that it feels up to 15 degrees hotter than it does when you’re in the shade. As temperatures and heat index values rise, it can make a huge difference in how you feel and the risk level you find yourself in. Overall, you want to make sure you stay as cool and comfortable as possible, so work in the shade if you can.
OSHA Provides Additional Resources, Too
OSHA has a heat illness page and a lot of guidance about the heat index and how it can be used to protect workers. You can use that information along with the app to make sure you’re staying as safe as possible. If you are injured or become ill at work due to the heat, it is also important to know that workers’ compensation benefits could be available. Working with an attorney who has a thorough understanding of the Pennsylvania worker’s compensation system can make that process easier.