OSHA Develops Heat Safety App-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, July 1, 2013

OSHA Develops Heat Safety App

osha appWith warm weather finally here, the dangers of working or taking part in general physical activity must be considered.  To aid in making decisions on the precautions that may be necessary, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a free app that allows users to calculate the heat index and obtain reminders about what to do to prevent heat related illnesses under your specific existing conditions.  Although it is designed for those who must work outdoors in the heat, it also applies to anyone who is undertaking any kind of physical activity.

OSHA’s Heat Safety Tool calculates the heat index immediately when the user enters the temperature and humidity.  If the temperature or humidity are not known, the app will obtain it for you.  Along with the heat index, a predicted risk level is displayed.  Then, with a simple “click,” you can obtain information on protective measures to be taken at that risk level, including drinking enough fluids, taking breaks, signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses, how to monitor others, and what to do in an emergency.

This free app is available for Android, Blackberry, and iPhone devices.

By: Jim Gindlesperger, jg57@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-3760