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OSHA releases mobile app on heat-related illness

OSHA last month released a free application for mobile devices to help workers and supervisors monitor the heat index at work sites to prevent heat-related illnesses.

"Heat-related illnesses are preventable," said Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. "This new app is just one way the Labor Department is getting that message out."

The app, said OSHA, "combines heat index data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with the user's location to determine necessary protective measures. Based on the risk level of the heat index, the app provides users with information about precautions they make take such as drinking fluids, taking rest breaks and adjusting work operations. Users also can review the signs and symptoms of heat stroke, heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses, and learn about first aid steps to take in an emergency. Information for supervisors is also available through the app on how to gradually build up the workload for new workers as well as how to train employees on heat illness signs and symptoms. Additionally, users can contact OSHA directly through the app."

The app is designed for devices using an Android platform, and versions for BlackBerry and iPhone users will be released shortly. To download it, visit http://go.usa.gov/KFE.

09/09/2011