Monitoring and Preventing Utility Worker Heat Stress

Many jobs require protection from heat stress - a potentially life-threatening illness that results from exposure to extreme heat. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) research offers valuable insight into heat stress in the electric power industry, where workers are at higher risk of exposure to dangerous heat levels due to their clothing and proximity to power sources. OSHA standards and recommendations can be an effective method for preventing heat stress. Still, a one-size-fits-all prevention strategy should be closely evaluated. Following OSHA recommendations, combined with the assistance of Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker Pro, can keep electric utility workers safe and...

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Recognizing Heat Stress in Poultry

From excess rain to droughts and record-breaking heat, weather patterns have an enormous impact on farmland and livestock. When it comes to poultry, we need to pay attention to the signs and impact of poultry heat stress---which can be devastating for the animals as well as the farmer's livelihood. Here is how to recognize heat stress in poultry as well as tips on preventing it: Signs of Heat Stress in Poultry When it comes to heat stress, there are both visible and invisible signs to keep in mind such as: Panting Gasping Wings spreading Light body weight Wet droppings Increased...

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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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