Fight The Heat!

Stauffer Glove and Safety is here to provide the vital information you need to keep your employees safe from intensifying temperatures. 

The Heat Index. What is it?

The heat index, also known as the apparent temperature is what the temperature actually feels like outside. When relative humidity is high, the rate of perspiration from the body decreases. Humidity is the amount of water the air contains. As the temperature escalates, the air can hold more water vapor. Essentially, the body feels warmer in humid conditions. Low humidity can also be a problem for outdoor workers in hot, desert-like conditions. Sweat evaporates very rapidly in low humidity, which can lead to severe dehydration. There is direct relationship between the air temperature, relative humidity and the heat index, meaning as the air temperature and relative humidity increases or decreases, the heat index will do the same. 

determinE the Heat Index Below

 

Develop A Plan

The heat index can be used to help determine the risk of heat-related illness for workers. Depending on the heat index value, the risk for heat-related illness can range from low to very high to extreme. As the heat index value increases, more preventive measures are needed to protect workers. It is important to pay attention to the heat index and develop an illness prevention plan that correlates with the index value.