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Heat Safety App Helps Prevent Heat-Related Illness

December 13, 2013

Originally published May 20, 2013

When you're working in the heat, safety comes first. With the OSHA Heat Safety Tool, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it - right on your mobile phone.

The app allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite and based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple tap, you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness -- reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. 

The app is also helpful for the general population, who can use it to determine when to avoid outdoor activity or what precautions to take while outdoors.

Click here for more information and to download for various platforms.

Story by DPH Communications