TSI QuestTemp heat stress monitors measure and record ambient air temperature, humidity, air flow, and radiant heat from sources like the sun, furnaces, ovens, and boilers. They're designed to provide the data to monitor workplace heat exposures, so workers can act based on their readings. They quickly help calculate the amount of time a worker can be exposed to extreme temperatures.
Most heat stress monitors including the TSI QuestTemp work by using Wet Bulb Globe or calculated Wet Bulb Globe Temperature which measures the outside temperature of a given area and then calculates a WBGT index value.
The Slate Safety BANDV2 Personal Heat Stress Monitor provides alerts for heat stress and overexertion, to determine their risk of heat-related illness such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Sensors measure data including heart rate, core body temperature and exertion in real-time. The device is worn on the upper arm much like a fitness tracker and provides real-time alerts to the wearer when they are in danger of heat-related illness, allowing them to take appropriate action such as resting in a cooler area, hydrating, or taking a break.
It's important to note that it is not just outdoor temperatures that cause heat stress. Indoor environments are subject to extreme heat, too. We often get calls from bakeries and steel mills asking about heat stress monitors for their manufacturing processes. And any warehouse without proper air flow can be subject to above-average extended temperatures.
Heat stress monitors, either area type or wearable personal monitors, can be used for athletic or military training, warehousing, occupational heat stress management, and risk assessment investigations.
How do you monitor heat stress?
Heat stress monitors typically utilize Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) sensing technology, which involves measuring the outside temperature of a specific area and calculating a WBGT index value.
What equipment is used to measure heat stress?
The most common equipment used to measure heat stress includes TSI QuestTemp Heat Stress Monitors and the Slate Safety BANDV2 Personal Heat Stress Monitor.
Is there an OSHA standard for heat stress?
Heat-related hazards that are likely to cause death or serious bodily harm are included under OSHA’s General Duty Clause. Additionally, recommendations for preventing heat-related illnesses in the workplace have been published by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), establishing criteria for a recommended standard for occupational heat stress to guide employers.
Read more about OSHA standards here.
What type of heat stress monitoring equipment do I need?
If you’re unsure about what type of heat stress monitoring equipment you need, contact us today and our staff will be happy to help!
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