With summer in full swing, temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees and above this week in Michigan, making for toasty jobsites.
The U.S. Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are encouraging workers and employers to be aware of the risk that high temperatures pose – especially when coupled with high humidity or direct sunlight.
In addition to their three-part prescription of water, rest and shade, OSHA has also developed a smart phone app to help workers and supervisors calculate the heat index for their worksites. The OSHA Heat Safety Tool allows users to input weather information and receive the heat index and risk level for outdoor workers. According to OSHA, working in full sunlight can increase heat index values by as much as 15 degrees.
For more heat-related safety advice, see OSHA’s heat safety information online.