Firefighters and Heat Stress: How Kestrel Instruments Provides Protection

No matter the time of year, heat stress is a health concern for firefighters of all experience levels. Monitoring heat stress levels with Kestrel Weather Meters and recognizing the symptoms of heat stress can help prevent illness, injury and even death. A Glimpse Into the Effects of Heat Stress Mark Hofman from Oregon State University is an athletic trainer and a Wildland Firefighter. While being trained to provide medical services to physically active individuals, Hoffman has vital insight into the seriousness of heat stress during firefighter assignments and training. Shedding Light on Heat Stress for Firefighters on the Job Whether...

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Heat Stress: What is Wet Bulb Globe Temperature?

There are many ways to measure the weather around us. When it comes to measuring heat stress, wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) takes temperature, humidity, wind speed, sun angle, and cloud cover into account. WBGT differs from heat index. Heat index considers temperature and humidity and it’s calculated for shady areas. Why Use Wet Bulb Globe Temperature? Organizations such as the military and OSHA use WBGT to help manage workload in direct sunlight. This is also an important measurement for those who are doing exercise in hot conditions. When using WBGT, it can be used as a guideline for safety...

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Occupational Heat Stress Risk for Power Plant Workers

Working inside power plants can bring considerable stress, especially in terms of heat stress. Heat stress becomes a factor for workers who are in hot environment, such as steel workers, miners, construction, and certainly those employed at power plants. One way to prevent serious illness and injury from heat stress is by using Kestrel weather meters, specifically the Kestrel 5400 Pro Heat Stress Tracker & Kestrel DROP D2HS Heat Stress Monitor and Data Logger. What is Heat Stress? Heat stress is the result of the body becoming unable to control its internal temperature. When the body reaches the point of...

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