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July 16, 2012

Preventing Heat Stroke – There’s an App for That!

Filed under: General HR Buzz,Hiring & Jobs9:20 am

Fortunately, my job worksites have always been inside nice air conditioned offices, with the exception of my summers on the farm helping with wheat harvest.  Many occupations aren’t  so fortunate and this summer has provided some brutal heat for those workers.  We had a brief cooldown but temperatures in St. Louis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Nashville and many other areas are expected to soar to 100 degrees in the coming days.   And that means anyone working outdoors should be on guard for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

To prevent heat-related illnesses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a mobile app, the Heat Safety Tool.  This mobile application provides critical information that allows workers and employers to view the risk level for outdoor work based on the heat index in their area.  The app, available for iPhone and Android platforms, educates users on the signs and symptoms of heat illness, and has first aid information available if heat illness strikes.  Summer is officially here, so download the app — in English or Spanish — and have life-saving information available at your fingertips!

Download the App

Learn More about the Heat Campaign

Find Your Local Weather Forecast

 

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