New Workers Need to Get Used to Working in Hot Conditions
August 25, 2014
An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) analysis, described in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, suggests that the primary risk factor for heat fatalities is the lack of acclimatization programs, i.e., getting new workers used to working in hot conditions.
Cintas Corp., a leader in first-aid and safety personal protective products, has released top tips for limiting heat stress on the job. When the body is unable to cool itself by sweating, heat stress can occur.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has kicked off a national outreach initiative to educate workers and employers about the hazards of working outdoors in hot weather.
Portable handheld device Kestrel 4400 Heat Stress Tracker fits in a pocket or small belt carrying case and provides accurate waterless wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) measurements within minutes of exposure to the air. The most common composite measurement used to determine appropriate exposure to heat stress conditions is WBGT.