July/August Issue
June 22, 2015

OSHA Heat Safety app reduces risk

Author: By Wendy Hord
Source: NYSUT United

Late spring and the summer months mean hotter weather. Thanks to OSHA, you can access information on your mobile phone about keeping safe while working in the heat.

Whether you're working at your job, or at home, you can calculate the heat index — which then displays a risk level to outdoor workers. With a "click," you can get reminders about protective measures to take at that risk level to protect yourself and co-workers from heat-related illness.

Working in full sunlight can increase heat index values by 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Additional precautions should be taken for working in these conditions.

The OSHA Heat Tool is available in Spanish for Android and iPhone devices.

If you're working indoors, use the heat index to show how risky it is to be in high-heat conditions. There are no indoor high — heat regulations, so you should also insist that indoor high-heat conditions be in your employer's emergency plans — just like other weather emergencies.

See OSHA's webpage on heat illness, including access to the smart phone app, at www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html.