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Harnessing Wearable Technology: Revolutionizing Heat Safety Across Industries

May 8, 2024

By: Nick Hernandez, Contributor In today’s modern climate, global temperatures are on the rise. Therefore, the threat of heat-related illness looms large, particularly in industries such as oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, and manufacturing. Beyond mere discomfort, heat exposure poses significant health risks to workers in these sectors, where extreme heat is often part of the…

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ASSP Publishes First Standard On Heat Stress in Construction

March 26, 2024

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has published the first national voluntary consensus standard addressing heat stress for workers in construction and demolition operations. Hundreds of thousands of workers frequently face outdoor hazards, such as high heat and humidity. “This new industry consensus standard is an important development, because there is no federal regulation…

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Heat Stress Assessment & Prevention

March 26, 2024

By: Doug Niemtschk, Contributor According to OSHA, workers suffer more than 3,500 injuries and illnesses related to heat each year.  Preventing heat- related illnesses and injuries is important. In fact, OSHA felt it was so important, they implemented a National Emphasis Program (NEP) on April 8, 2022, that targeted over 70 high-risk industries. The NEP…

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EGA extends use of wearable technology to ‘Beat the Heat’ in the UAE summer

August 10, 2023

Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, today announced that the company has expanded the use of Kenzen, a wearable technology platform, to 350 employee volunteers to ‘Beat the Heat’ this summer. Heat-related illness is a hazard for anyone working outside in the UAE summer, and can…

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Too Hot to Handle: Considerations for A Heat Stress Management Plan

August 1, 2023

By: Margaret C. Morrissey-Basler, Ph.D., Contributor The extreme heat continues to show its teeth as we progress into the summer. Unfortunately, these conditions will continue to get worse as the frequency, intensity and duration of heat waves increase1. Climate change is a major public health priority that places many at risk for life-threatening heat injuries…

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OSHA’s National Emphasis Program–Outdoor & Indoor Heat-Related Hazards

July 19, 2023

“Heat stress related injuries can occur under almost any scenario and can be dependent on many external factors along with the health/fitness of the individual. One important preventive measure often overlooked is proper hydration. Implementing this National Emphasis Program using a healthy hydration approach encourages workers to drink more water and ultimately saves lives.” Janet…

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How to Maintain a Heat Acclimatization Program

April 25, 2023

Heat acclimatization is important for any work environment with significant heat exposure and risks. Heat acclimatization is building a tolerance to heat gradually over time. Knowing how to acclimate your workforce to the heat is an administrative control that can help your team operate in hot environments. A fundamental way to protect workers from occupational…

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PPE and Heat Stress: When Protection Poses a Danger

March 28, 2023

By: Maureen Paraventi, Chief Editor, Workplace Material Handling & Safety There’s no question that personal protective equipment (PPE), along with engineering controls and safe work practices, is vital to helping workers avoid injuries—or worse. Nonetheless, under certain circumstances, PPE can actually increase the chances of someone suffering harm while on the job, by making those…

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AIHA Joins Coalition Urging Withdrawal, Redevelopment of Maryland’s Draft Heat Stress Standard

November 10, 2022

What: On November 4th AIHA was among 38 organizations and 35 individuals belonging to the Maryland Heat Illness Prevention Coalition (MHIPC) to sign a letter urging the withdrawal and redevelopment of Maryland’s proposed heat stress standard (Code of Maryland Regulations 09.12.32). According to the coalition’s letter, the draft standard “is completely inadequate and will not protect…

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After Record-Setting Hot Summer, J. J. Keller Pulse Poll Reveals Companies’ Strategies for Combating Heat Stress

September 20, 2022

With record-setting heat over the past few summers, OSHA and the Biden administration have taken measures to raise awareness of heat stress dangers. A recent J. J. Keller Center for Market Insights pulse poll reveals what U.S. companies are doing to address the issue, as well as contributing factors. Over the past year, OSHA published…

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