Brady Encourages Use of OSHA Heat Safety App
Originally published: 07.31.12 by HVACR Business Staff
Associates of Brady Supplies were instructed to download and use the OSHA Heat Safety Tool, due to record-breaking temperatures that have been endangering the health of construction workers and outdoor repair technicians.
“A technician whose body overheats is not only in danger themselves, but risks the safety of those around them,” says Pete Malone, safety director for Brady. “Falling, electrocution and injuries from mechanical equipment are some additional hazards that technicians face as a result of dehydration and heat-related illness.”
Malone also stresses that indoor locations, like machinery spaces, boiler rooms, and access spaces beneath roofs, are apt to accelerate heat exhaustion or have other negative health effects.
He says using fans in these high heat areas may actually raise a person’s core body temperature and instead, he advises that associates hold ice in their mouths as it melts. This is an effective method to lower core body temperature, he says.
The Heat Safety App by the U.S. Department of Labor is currently available for Android and iPhone users. It allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, so risk levels can be communicated to outdoor workers.
In addition, with a simple click, app users can get reminders about steps to take in order to avoid heat-related illness. These include drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for 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 heat-related illness.
The App can be downloaded free from the Department of Labor website.
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