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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated its Heat Safety Tool phone application, which allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite and the risk level for those working outdoors. OSHA said the app for iPhones now includes full-screen color alerts for all heat conditions, as well as other technical upgrades.
After determining the risk level, workers can click a button to find reminders on the protective measures that should be taken at that particular risk level to guard against heat-related illness.
The app contains information on fluid intake, rest breaks, emergency planning, adjusting work operations, acclimating new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.
The OSHA Heat Safety Tool is available in English and Spanish for Android and iPhone devices. To access the Spanish version on the iPhone, set the phone language setting to Spanish before downloading the app.
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