We all know that extreme heat can be deadly. In the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015), exposure to heat led to 37 work-related deaths and 2,830 nonfatal occupational injuries and illness. Extreme heat causes more deaths than any other weather-related hazard each year. Aside from heat being a work hazard, it can slow down productivity and increase risk of injuries such as sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and impaired judgement.

The “OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool” is a useful resource for planning outdoor work activities based on how hot it feels throughout the day. Featuring real-time heat index and hourly forecasts, specific to your location, as well as occupational safety and health recommendations from OSHA and NIOSH. The app uses the device’s location capabilities to pull temperature and humidity data to determine the heat index. The app shows the current risk level and forecasts the hourly heat index throughout the entire workday. This feature will allow needed information to get to employers that can then adjust the work environment to protect workers.

According to the CDC, the OSHA-NIOSH app will provide users with specific recommendations for protection against the heat, based on the calculated risk level. This includes information about staying cool, proper hydration, and scheduling rest breaks. Although, the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool app is very useful it should not solely replace a Heat Illness Prevention Program within your company.