New app aims to address summer hazards

A new app created by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in conjunction with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) aims to address the hazards present during the summer months throughout the country. The app was specifically created to deal with weather-related hazards that crop up during the summer.

The app, called the Heat Safety Tool, is a mobile app that is available on Android and iOS devices. The app displays the heat index values in your area based on humidity and temperature. The temperature and other data is pulled by the app from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's satellites.

The app is perfect for employers who have employees working outdoors during the summer months. It shows the risk level at the time (minimal, low, moderate, high and extreme) and provides forecasts for hourly heat index.

The director of NIOSH released the following statement about the app:

"With the hot summer months on our doorstep, this app is a valuable tool for employers and workers to help prevent heat-related illnesses. In many cases, workers rely on their employers to provide opportunities for taking rest breaks and drinking water. This app puts life-saving information at the fingertips of both supervisors and workers to inform them when they need to take precautions to stay safe at the worksite."

Exposure to heat and its related illnesses cause more deaths than any other weather hazard each year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 18 people died in 2014 due to heat stroke and other related causes while on the job. In the same year, some 2,600 employees suffered heat-related illnesses.

The app can help employers determine how they should limit their employees' time in the sun, add more workers to a specific task, teach workers to observe each other for signs of heat-related illness, initiate a heat alert program and much more.

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Source: EHS Today, "OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool Addresses Summer Hazards," June 09, 2017

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