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  1. ACGIH Guidelines: Enhancing Workplace Safety Against Heat Stress

    ACGIH Guidelines: Enhancing Workplace Safety Against Heat Stress In industries where heat exposure is a concern, understanding and managing heat stress is crucial for maintaining a safe working environment. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) plays a pivotal role in this aspect by providing guidelines that help organizations monitor and manage environmental heat risks. Diving ... Read more...
  2. Beyond the Temperature: The Unseen Factors of Heat Stress

    Beyond the Temperature: The Unseen Factors of Heat Stress When we think about heat stress, temperature and humidity are usually the first factors that come to mind. However, several lesser-known factors can significantly amplify the risks associated with working in hot environments. Today, we will explore the hidden contributors to heat stress, such as comorbidities, the impact of certain medications, the... Read more...
  3. The Science of Sweat: Understanding Hydration and Heat Stress

    The Science of Sweat: Understanding Hydration and Heat Stress During labor or vigorous activity, especially under the glaring sun, our bodies perform a delicate balancing act—regulating internal temperatures through sweat. As essential as sweating is for cooling us down, it simultaneously demands proper hydration to maintain our health and efficiency. This blog explores the critical role of hydration in ... Read more...
  4. Heat Exposure May Lead to Inflammation and Weaken Immunity, Preliminary Research Finds

    Heat Exposure May Lead to Inflammation and Weaken Immunity, Preliminary Research Finds Recent research is shedding light on the subtle yet significant impacts of heat exposure on outdoor workers, revealing that even brief exposure can escalate inflammation and weaken the immune system. The findings, presented at the American Heart Association's EPI Lifestyle Scientific Sessions 2024, came from a study led by Daniel Riggs, who ... Read more...
  5. Understanding and Implementing the ASSP's First Heat Stress Standard in Construction and Demolition

    Understanding and Implementing the ASSP's First Heat Stress Standard in Construction and Demolition Workers clad in heavy gear labor under the relentless sun face significant health risks due to heat stress. Recognizing this critical issue, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has taken a groundbreaking step by introducing the first heat stress standard designed for the construction and demolition industries. This initiative marks ... Read more...
  6. Pioneering study reveals heat stress risks for construction workers

    Pioneering study reveals heat stress risks for construction workers A groundbreaking study led by Exercise Science Professor Fabiano Amorim from the College of Education & Human Sciences has shed light on the severe risks of heat stress faced by construction workers. Amorim and his team, which included Jonathan Specht, a Ph.D. student from UNM, and collaborators from Indiana University and La Isla Network, ... Read more...
  7. Florida Legislature Faces Backlash for Banning Heat Safety Measures

    Florida Legislature Faces Backlash for Banning Heat Safety Measures In a contentious move, the Florida Legislature has passed a bill barring local jurisdictions from requiring employers to implement heat safety measures like providing access to water, rest, and shade. This has incited outrage among safety advocates, including the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH), condemning the... Read more...
  8. While lawmakers haggled over the cost of safety, young athletes died across the US

    While lawmakers haggled over the cost of safety, young athletes died across the US The Louisville Courier Journal's investigation into the deaths of young athletes in the U.S. reveals a distressing pattern of legislative and administrative inaction, notably in Kentucky where Max Gilpin's 2008 heatstroke death highlighted the issue. His story, and those of other young athletes across the United States, highlights a critical issue ... Read more...
  9. Cincinnati weather: When is it too Hot to Practice Outside? Ohio, KY Differ on Guidelines

    Cincinnati weather: When is it too Hot to Practice Outside? Ohio, KY Differ on Guidelines The intense August heat has been unrelenting, and as it continues to surge throughout the week, local athletic programs find themselves compelled to closely oversee the heat levels to ensure player safety. Numerous programs have had to contend with the weather by either canceling events or postponing their start times, providing some respite ... Read more...
  10. Wet Bulb Globe Temperature- Why You Need to Know

    Wet Bulb Globe Temperature- Why You Need to Know  While not as common as temperature or heat index, WGBT can provide additional information that can keep you safe when temperatures get dangerously hot. One tool used by the U.S. Military and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine a safe amount of time to work outside is the wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT). What is ... Read more...

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