Potential benefits of the technologies include preventing and mitigating injuries, decreasing the extent and duration of disability, enhancing employee wellness, and improving productivity. Injury prevention studies of wearable technologies' effect are rare, however, and employee acceptance of them could be an implementation challenge, two speakers said during an AIHce EXP 2019 session.
It would be a terrible shame to put American workers at risk of catastrophic or fatal burn injury because of an outdated myth about PPE and heat stress.
"When it comes to preventing heat illness, employers with outdoor workers should not wait until it gets hot to review their procedures and ensure their training is effective," said Cal/OSHA Heat and Agriculture Program Coordinator David Hornung. "Workers should know the signs and symptoms of heat illness and what to do in case someone gets sick."
You can't change the weather, but you can change your approach to working in the heat.
"This summer's record-breaking heat waves across the U.S. were especially devastating to frontline communities, particularly to farm workers," said Lisa Archer, Food and Agriculture Program director at Friends of the Earth. "OSHA must act now to protect the health and safety of workers disproportionally impacted by the climate crisis."
Summer is well under way in North America, and with the sun and fun comes a number of safety concerns to keep in mind.