Non-compliance with OSHA’s mandates for heat exposure is an absolute liability issue for any company. OSHA compliance is viewed as overly strict by many people, but the liability issue remains. A worker performing light work such as typing in temperatures of 87 degrees Fahrenheit must have a documented work break of fifteen minutes for every hour they work (see the table below). This seems unnecessary, but each year more people in the United States die from heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. The case is often listed as a heart attack.In many industrial, military, and emergency settings, cooling off an entire structure is either impossible, cost-prohibitive or both. Our cooling safety vest technology allows for the worker to be cooled directly while remaining in an extreme environment for substantially longer periods of time. See our product descriptions for a solution to your cooling problem.
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|TABLE III: 4-2. PERMISSIBLE HEAT EXPOSURE THRESHOLD LIMIT VALUES|
|--Work Load --|
|75% Work, 25% rest, each hour||30.6°C (87°F)||28.0°C(82°F)||25.9°C(78°F)|
|50% Work, 50% rest, each hour||31.4°C (89°F)||29.4°C(85°F)||27.9°C(82°F)|
|25% Work, 75% rest, each hour||32.2°C (90°F)||31.1°C(88°F)||30.0°C(86°F)|
In many industrial/ military/ emergency settings and cooling of an entire structure is either impossible, cost prohibitive or both. Cooling vest technology allows for the worker to be cooled directly while remaining in the extreme environment for substantially longer periods of time. See our product descriptions for a solution to your problem.
|HEAT STRESS INDEX|
NOTE: Add 10°F when protective clothing is worn and add 10°F when in direct sunlight
|Danger Category||Injury Threat|
Little or no danger under normal circumstances.
|80° to 90°||CAUTION||Fatique possible if exposure is prolonged and there is physical activity.|
|90° to 105°||EXTREME CAUTION||Heat cramps and heat exhaustion possible if exposure is prolonged and there is physical activity.|
|105 to 130°°||DANGER||Heat cramps or exhaustion likely, heat stroke possible if exposure is prolonged and there is physical activity.|
|Above 130°||EXTREME DANGER||Heat stroke imminent!|