Heat Index Mobile App


By: Blake Westerman CSP, ASP, COSS

NIOSH and OSHA recently teamed up to create a heat safety mobile app that uses temperature and humidity to measure heat index values. Heat Index is an app for planning outdoor work activities to help keep workers safe when working in hot weather. It features real-time heat index and hourly forecasts, specific to your location, as well as safety and health recommendations. The mobile app is free and available on both Apple and Android devices. Team members must familiarize themselves with and adhere to customer policy regarding the use and possession electronic devices (i.e. cell phones and tablets) on work locations.

According to OSHA, extreme heat exposure is the leading cause of death among weather-related hazards, prompting more than 65,000 emergency room visits annually. In 2014, 18 workers died from heat stroke or other heat-related causes.

NIOSH recommends several measures to help workers stay safe in hot conditions:

  • Limit exposure time and/or increase recovery time in cool conditions.
  • Provide an adequate supply of cool water and encourage frequent consumption.
  • Increase the number of workers per task.
  • Provide workers and supervisors with heat stress training.

Download the app for Apple mobile devices

Download the app for Android mobile devices

Blake Westerman CSP, ASP, COSS

Blake Westerman currently serves as a HSE Specialist Production with Danos. He has over seven years of experience in this role within the petrochemical industry. He is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University and Nicholls State University. He also holds Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Associate Safety Professional (ASP) credentials from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS).


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